Further to your news article last week about Kinloch Castle, I would like to update you on the current situation. The Prince's Regeneration Trust is working with Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Scotland and other organisations and individuals to establish a secure future for Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum. Options are being explored to establish the most cost-effective way to save the historic building, allow generous public access and create accommodation for families, students and other visitors to the island, which is a national nature reserve.
All the partners to the project have known for some considerable time that the basic repair costs are well in excess of £6m. Parts of the building are in a rapidly decaying state and major and urgent works are required or it will be lost. In addition, alterations are necessary to allow public access and create overnight accommodation to an acceptable standard for more than 60 visitors. Extensive discussions have been carried out with Historic Scotland and Highland Council to ensure that proposed alterations are practical, cost-effective, sympathetic to the historic building and will comply with local authority requirements. The total funding requirement of the currently favoured option is circa £9.9m. There is huge public interest in providing a viable and sustainable future for the castle, and also for delivering significant social and economic benefits to the Island of Rum. The alternative of decline into dereliction must not be contemplated.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, The Prince's Regeneration Trust, London.