Bob Dylan has sold his 16-bedroom Highland retreat for over £4 million.

The 82-year-old American singer-songwriter, who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, put Aultmore House on the market earlier this year.

Nestled in the heart of the Highlands in The Cairngorms National Park close to the village of Nethy Bridge, the mansion was acquired by Dylan with his younger brother David Zimmerman in 2006 for around £2.2 million. 

The house and grounds, as well as the gatehouse, have a Grade A-listing with Historic Environment Scotland. It is regarded by some as one of the finest houses in Scotland.

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Dylan - born Robert Allen Zimmerman - is said to have visited Aultmore House with his brother for a few weeks every year until the mid to late 2010s.

According to records filed last week, the property has been purchased by whisky firm Angus Dundee Distillers, which owns and operates two distilleries, Tomintoul and Glencadam, and produces a wide range of award-winning single malt and blended whiskies. 

Angus Dundee Distillers has reportedly paid £4.25 million for the 18,357-square-foot mansion, which boasts a tree-lined driveway, 11 bathrooms, four reception rooms - including a music room, three kitchens and a coal cellar, as well as a total of 25 acres of landscaped grounds.

The property has also been available as a wedding venue and was featured in the BBC series Monarch of the Glen.

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Aultmore House was originally built for the owner of a Moscow department store between 1911 and 1914, but was sold in 1922 after the owner passed away. 

It was then purchased by the Nivinson family, who owned Aultmore for over 50 years. While it was a convalescent home during the Second World War, it remained in the family until 1978. 

It was also used as a finishing school for foreign students and a bed and breakfast for holidaymakers before it was acquired by Dylan.

Tom Stewart-Moore, Head of Rural Agency for Scotland for estate agents Knight Frank, who sold the house, commented: “I am pleased to share that Aultmore House, which was launched to the market in July, has now been sold to its new custodians, who will usher this magnificent home into its next chapter.”  

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In the decades since he first burst into the public's consciousness via New York City's Greenwich Village folk music scene in the early 1960s, Dylan has sold over 145 million albums, performed over 3,000 shows and won 10 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Hailed as the Shakespeare of his generation, his classic songs include Like a Rolling Stone, Mr Tambourine Man, Subterranean Homesick Blues and The Times They Are A-Changin’.

The singer-songwriter has a strong affinity to Scotland, with Dylan revealing in 2008 that ‘A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns’ was the lyric or verse that had the greatest impact on his life.

'Highlands’, a song on his 30th studio album Time Out of Mind, is also believed to have been inspired by Burns’ ‘My Heart's in the Highlands’. 

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His first eponymous album, released in 1962, also included the song Pretty Pegg-O, based on The Bonny Lass O’ Fyvie, while Girl of the North Country, on 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan has the loose melody from the Scottish tune Cambric Shirt.

In 2004, the singer-songwriter accepted an honorary degree, Doctor of Music, from St Andrews University. Dylan’s biographer Michael Gray believed that it was “a way of recognising the importance of Scottish culture in his work”.

Speaking at the time, Dr Brian Lang, former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, said: ''Bob Dylan is an iconic figure for the twentieth century, particularly for those of us whose formative years were the 1960s and 70s.

''His songs, and in particular his lyrics, are still part of our consciousness."

That same year, Dylan, in a rare interview about his song-writing, admitted that his song The Times They Are A-Changin’ was inspired by an old Scottish folk song - probably Hamish Henderson’s The 51st (Highland) Division’s Farewell To Sicily.