Prince Charles ‘favourite castle’ on sale for just £1 – but needs £20m repairs

The favourite castle of Prince Charles is on sale for just £1 – but the dilapidated 19th century island retreat does need £20 million worth of repairs.

Crumbling Kinloch Castle on the isle of Rum in Scotland, is owned by public body NatureScot, is now up for sale.

It has previously been given a nominal value of just £1, while the 120-year-old chateau used to be a favourite spot for parties, deer stalking, game shooting and fishing.

The castle on the Inner Hebridean island is said to be a favourite of the Prince of Wales, who is said to have backed past plans to save the castle.

NatureScot is looking for a private individual, charity, foundation or private company to come forward with proposals for taking over the swanky home.

Any prospective buyers will have to prove they have the deep pockets needed to save the Category A landmark.

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

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"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."

Kinloch Castle was build by multimillionaire Sir George Bullough between 1897 and 1900. The imposing hunting lodge offered guests the opportunity to indulge in Highland sports.

A spokesperson for NatureScot, said: "Our priority is to protect and conserve Scotland's nature, so that is where we have to focus our resources.

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"But we feel the castle will support the community with the right owner, and we have been working towards that goal over the past number of years.

"Kinloch Castle is not currently on the open market for sale. We are working to identify a beneficial owner for the castle and grounds.

"Any future owner will need to contribute towards three key objectives: securing the conservation and preservation of the castle; contributing to the sustainability of the Rum community; and enhancing nature on Rum, including promoting its enjoyment, and minimising the castle's impact on the natural environment."

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