A 19th century castle on a tiny remote island could be yours for £1

Kinloch Castle has lots to offer (Picture: NatureScot/SWNS)

If you’ve been looking for a doer-upper, we might have just the thing.

A historic 120-year-old castle is up for sale for just £1 – but there’s a slight catch. 

It needs around £20million put towards the repairs. 

The dilapidated Kinloch Castle is located on the Isle Rùm in Scotland and is currently owned by NatureScot – the public body for the nation’s national heritage.

Fancy the ultimate DIY project? (Picture: NatureScot/SWNS)
It’s in need of some TLC (Picture: NatureScot/SWNS)
The property is located on the Isle Rùm in Scotland (Picture: NatureScot/SWNS)

Built by a Victorian millionaire, the 19th century mansion used to be a popular spot for parties, deer stalking, game shooting and fishing.

All the rooms are packed with character, boasting four-poster beds, sculptures, artwork and a Steinway grand piano. There’s even a sprung-floor ballroom with gold-damask walls.

The property also houses the world’s last functioning orchestrion – an instrument that’s designed to sound like a 40-piece orchestra. The particular one at the house belonged to Queen Victoria – but it’s in need of an eye-watering £50,000 revamp.

It’s dripping in history (Picture: NatureScot/SWNS)
Kinloch Castle needs a new owner (Picture: NatureScot/SWNS)

NatureScot is now looking for a person, company or foundation to take over the impressive property.

Any hopeful owners will have to prove they have the resources to save the landmark, as well as give back to the island of Rum and the community.

Dining room, Kinloch Castle

Looks very elegant (Picture: NatureScot/SWNS)
It needs some major repair works (Picture: NatureScot/SWNS)

The prospectus says: ‘This is a unique opportunity to take ownership of Kinloch Castle on the island of Rum off Scotland’s west coast.

‘It is a rare chance to create a long-lasting legacy from this imposing hunting lodge; to bring it back to life so that it can again play its part in supporting the island and its community; to secure its future for generations to come.’

The next owner will need to contribute towards three main things – securing the conservation and preservation of the castle, contributing to the sustainability of the Rum community and enhancing nature on the island, such as minimising the property’s impact on the environment.

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