Posted: Thursday, 01 June 2006
Most interesting article. I am so glad the Duke is taking an interest; despite the madness in this world, heritage does matter and every effort must be made to preserve our historical buildings and artefacts.
Susy Glossop from Northern Ireland
Good to read your website, even though it does contain a number of errors. This is understandable because a lot of what has been written about Kinloch Castle over the years is incorrect or pure fiction. Constant repetition by various writers has established the myths as "facts". There's insufficient time and space to deal with the errors in your piece. However, it is pertinent to note that Lady Monica Bullough, (not the last surviving Bullough - her daughter outlived her) didn't die until 1967. 1957 is notable for being the year in which, in return for a token £23K, she virtually gave Rum to the nation for use by the then Nature Conservancy in perpetuity as a national nature reserve. For a detailed and (reasonably) accurate account about Rum, including Kinloch Castle and the Bulloughs, see Magnus Magnusson's book "Rum: Nature's Island" published 1997 by The Luath Press. Best wishes for the future of Lews Castle. You are correct to draw parallels with Kinloch Castle. Whatever people think about the people for whom they were built, each is an integral part of the history of its respective island, and should be restored and used rather than be allowed to decay.
G Bullough from Northern England
Hi all The Island of Rum, could you tell me what is happening to this wonderful building. My self and my wife have stayed twice. Regards Howard
Howard Campbell from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP1sb
I think the castle on Isle of lewis is great,we allways go their for a picnic once a week, when we go shopping into stornoway,loads of space for the children to run around and explore
jacquie from Callanish
For information about Kinloch Castle try the Kinloch Castle Friends Association website at www.kcfa.org.uk or simply click on the underlined link in the main article above. As for the future of Lews Castle, it's best not to vaguely hope that Prince Charles might show interest or happen to pay a visit. Far better to contact his Phoenix Trust, now part of the Prince's Regeneration Trust which has its own website with contact details, and ask if it could help.
Graham Bullough from Stockport, Northern England