Selling agent still dealing with Rum castle enquiries, says NatureScot

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A selling agent appointed by NatureScot is still dealing with enquiries into the possible purchase of crumbling Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum.

NatureScot, which owns Rum, went public last summer with plans to seek a buyer for the famous Victorian property and it has been previously reported there has been more than 90 enquiries in the intervening period.

The former hunting lodge requires significant restoration work and the next owner would need to give assurances over the continued conservation of the property, while minimising the impact on the environment.

But 12 months down the line and NatureScot says the castle and grounds have still not been put up for sale on the open market.

In a statement, the organisation – formerly Scottish Natural Heritage – told the Lochaber Times this week: ‘While we have not yet advertised the castle and grounds for sale on the open market, we have engaged a selling agent to deal with enquiries and they have begun this.

‘We are continuing to work in an agency partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Historic Environment Scotland to secure a sustainable future for Kinloch Castle.’

Last spring an interested audience of nearly 80 people from all over the UK, the USA and Europe joined an online webinar concerning the future of Kinloch Castle, including  Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes who gave her views on the need for repopulation of the island, which requires more housing and employment opportunities.

Ms Forbes told the Lochaber Times: ‘Kinloch Castle is an exceptional building that deserves substantial investment.

‘I am keen to support all initiatives to save the castle and have been working with NatureScot and the Scottish Government to ensure they can support any bids.’

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Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes at Kinloch Castle in 2020.

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