Glengorm Castle

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Glengorm Castle
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Glengorm Castle
LocationTobermory, Isle of Mull
Coordinates56°38′12″N 6°10′38″W / 56.6368°N 6.1773°W / 56.6368; -6.1773Coordinates: 56°38′12″N 6°10′38″W / 56.6368°N 6.1773°W / 56.6368; -6.1773
Built forJames Forsyth of Quinish
ArchitectKinnear and Peddie
Architectural style(s)Scots Baronial
Listed Building – Category B
Designated20 July 1971
Reference no.11014
Glengorm Castle is located in Argyll and Bute
Glengorm Castle
Location of Glengorm Castle in Argyll and Bute

Glengorm Castle, also known as Castle Sorn, is a 19th-century country house on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. Located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) northwest of Tobermory, the house is protected as a Category B listed building.[1]

The Mishnish estate was purchased in 1856 by James Forsyth of Quinish.[1] He cleared the existing township of Sorne to make way for the new house, which was completed in 1860. The house was designed by Kinnear and Peddie in a Scots Baronial style.[1] It is now operated as a guest house and wedding venue, with a café and shop in the former stables. The castle is located on a headland and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day the Outer Hebrides and Islands of Uist, Rùm and Canna can be viewed from the castle.

Forsyth was a hated figure on the island. He cleared the crofters from the area by bullying and concerted pressure. One old woman had a title to her land which Forsyth took from her and throwing it into the fire told her she had a week to leave. Upon his return he was met by the woman and the local minister who had kept the original. Forsyth incandescent with rage decided to fence her in so that she could not leave to get provisions. However the woman managed very well it was said that men climb the cliffs near by to bring provisions. When Forsyth was building the castle he was told by an old woman he would never live in the place. He died just before it was opened. Forsyth when building asked an elderly woman what he should call his splendid new house. She said call it Glengorm. He did not understand that the name means blue smoke – a comment on the peat smoke that would no longer be seen from the houses of the people he had made homeless. Many of the folk moved into Tobermory to find work.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "Glen Gorm Castle Sorn: Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland.

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