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Balnagown Castle


(Balnagowan House)

The 15th Century tower house of Balnagown Castle in Easter Ross, Highland Council Area, stands on the southern bank of the Balnagown River, 2 miles (3 km) northwest of Invergordon. Extended in the 17th Century and again in the Scottish Gothic style in 1838, the castle was originally the seat of the Ross clan. Both the castle and the 12,145 ha (30,000 acre) Balnagown Estate were purchased for £60,000 in 1972 by Mohammed Al Fayed, the controversial Egyptian businessman and owner of the Harrods department store in London. Since then Al Fayed has spent in excess of £20 million restoring the castle and improving the estate.


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