Anne Gloag seeks to keep walkers away from her home
This story has been running for some time now. Anne Gloag founded the Stagecoach Bus Company with her brother Brian Souter in the early 1980s. She took over Kinfauns Castle, which lies a few miles east of Perth overlooked by Kinnoull Hill, in 2004 after it closed as a country house hotel. For many years prior to that, it had been a centre for walking holidays operated by Countrywide Holidays Association (CHA). It's ironic therefore that Mrs Gloag should now be seeking to challenge the new access legislation which would have allowed walkers through the grounds of the Castle.
She had a 6-foot barbed-wire fence erected around the 12 acre property after buying the Castle, but this was challenged by walkers groups and Historic Scotland. But on 14 August the Dundee Courier reported that Perth and Kinross Council had given planning permission for the fence, without taking account of the views of the heritage watchdog.
Rambers Association Scotland launched a separate legal challenge to Mrs Gloag's bid to have the enclosed land exempted from the Land Reform Act - it is this case which is currently being heard at Perth Sheriff Court. The court has heard of her concerns that she and her family risked being kidnapped, or being raided by organised burglars. She is also looking for privacy for her grandchildren and for high-ranking guests when they visit the Castle.