In 1957 the Island of Rum and the Castle passed into public ownership through the sale by Lady Bullough to the Nature Conservancy (the predecessor of the current owners Scottish Natural Heritage). There was a stipulation that the island “be used in perpetuity as a nature reserve and Kinloch Castle maintained as far as may be practicable“. Despite the best efforts of SNH over the years it has been unable to keep pace with the internal and external ravages of time and weather. This is largely due to lack of government funding as the Castle does not fall within the specific remit of SNH.
The Caste hostel closed in May 2013 and since then the ‘Museum’ rooms have been open for tours but otherwise the building has been deteriorating because of being left empty. Kinloch Castle Friends Association are currently in process of applying for asset transfer of the castle from SNH to become a Bed and Breakfast establishment in mid range. Major repairs are needed as the plumbing and wiring need completely replacing and some roof repairs are needed. SNH have repaired a major problem which was causing flooding into the basement.