2007 – Bob Dylan and his brother bought Aultmore House a mansion in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park, near Nethybridge, Inverness-shire.
Bob Dylan has just purchased a sprawling Scottish estate. Britain’s The Telegraph reported that Dylan and his younger brother David Zimmerman purchased the secluded property for over $7.8 million under the family name, Zimmerman. The property, called Aultmore House, sits in the foothills of the Cairngorms, near Inverness in the central Highlands — a local that Dylan immortalized in his 1997 song “Highlands,” which closed his Grammy Award-winning Time Out Of Mind album.
The property was built at the turn of the 20th century for a wealthy owner of a Moscow department store, and in recent years has become an upscale wedding venue. The mansion has “ten bedrooms, a billiard room and a garden room with mosaic floor and the interior features pillars, arches and marble fireplaces.”
Dylan, who is an avid golfer and plays off a 17 handicap at Malibu Country Club near his California estate, will be situated close to the Abernethy golf club. Jack McCool, the club’s treasurer, said that Dylan is welcome to come play for the day, but should he decide to become a member, no special privileges will be afforded him due to his celebrity, explaining that, “Mr. Dylan would have to apply in writing just like everyone else and be vetted by the committee.”
Rolling Stone magazine’s associate editor Austin Scaggs told us that Dylan has made a concerted effort over the past decade to seem less enigmatic to the public: “It’s obvious that in the past few years, you know, Dylan it seems has made has kind of made a point to strengthen out some of the historical inaccuracies of what the press has written or what’s been perceived about him.”
Bob Dylan kicks of a 26-date European tour on March 28th in Stockholm.