Asset transfer from SNH
Following the agreement reached at the AGM of 2017, a working group of the KCFA was set up to explore the possibility of creation of a Community Interest Company or similar through which to take over the running of Kinloch Castle from SNH. Much advice has been given and great support from within the KCFA and from official bodies including SNH, Historic Environment Scotland, Highland Council and many other organisations and groups. On the 16th March 2018, the working group took the unanimous decision to apply formally for asset transfer of the castle and policies and negotiate the transfer of the contents of the castle to a community interest company formed by KCFA.
As the castle is currently uninhabited, our aim is to restore the hostel and self catering kitchen to be in use as soon as possible and to also restore the bistro and bar into use. Income generated in this way can then help to support the castle while funding is sought to further the restoration plans.
We are looking to creating good quality accommodation to supplement that already provided by the bunkhouse, but with room sizes allowing much greater flexibility this will encourage the older people in walking and other interest groups. We are also looking to encourage the university groups which used to use Rum regularly to be able to return and provide them with much needed study space.