Monday, 2 January 2012
Rum Watching Required
Kinloch Castle on Rum is a monument to the ways in which families sometimes have an urge to create something 'remarkable, impressive and permanent' - an architectural RIP. The 19th Century dream of the Bullough family becomes something of a nightmare for succeeding generations when it comes to maintenance, restoration and preservation. SNH - Scottish Natural Heritage - has that unenviable task, but it is their responsibility and they need both support and watching. Within the Castle there is a hostel and the SNH has recently applied to build a new, temporary hostel while the original is being repaired. We hope that the word 'temporary' is heeded - for the priority is to preserve the permanent, not to replace it.
Scottish Islands Explorer - presenting places of permanent appeal