Highland Gift Shop and Café is situated in the village of Achnasheen. Previously trading as a well presented gift and jewellery shop and popular café, the business was very successful. Sold by the previous owners due to health reasons, the café and shop were purchased in 2016 by the current owner who, although he did not live locally, had great plans to reopen the café and gift shop. Unfortunately circumstances have prevented the ability of the owner to proceed and he has decided to reluctantly place the business on the market.
There has been a shop in this spot for over 35 years, there is no doubt that new and motivated owners would be able to re-open and run a very successful business. The location has always been a draw given that the village is a gateway for all traffic heading to Skye and the North West Highlands. Previous clients came from tour companies, cruise ship operators, train tourists etc. The introduction and success of the North Coast 500 route has also added a new dimension with an increase of 29,000 tourists to the area as a result.
The shop sold a wide selection of gifts and memorabilia to suit all tastes and budgets, from high end, cashmere and tweed products to gallery items and cards. Most recently the shop sold a lot of jewellery and silver products. The café has always been popular and certainly adds to the destination aspect when those on the road can explore the shop and area and then enjoy a light refreshment or lunch before journeying on.
Achnasheen lies approximately 41 miles north of Inverness. It is a small village in Ross-shire in the Highland council area of Scotland. Despite the size of the village, Achnasheen has lain at an important junction in the centre of the northern Highlands. Here the road from Inverness, just over 40 miles to the south east, splits in two, heading to Skye and the North West Highlands. This area is an important stop for the many coaches with all nationalities who visit the area. The studio lies off the main road, next to the railway station and coach parking.
The premises are of timber construction and feature a large shop area, café, and storage areas. The main entrance is from the front, which leads into the gallery/shop. There is a side exit as well as a large glass door to the rear leading from the café into the garden with additional outside seating.
The main shop measures 7.50m x 6.9m and is a large open plan area, with display shelving and a glass display unit. There is a service counter and behind here lies an office and store room.
Accessed from the front shop through a short corridor, the café measures 6.9m by 6.4m and has a door to the garden seated area, where there are three bench tables seating 12-18 covers. The main café seats 29 covers and is furnished with an assortment of tables and chairs. An attractive feature of the café is the wood burning stove located off to the side which adds to the cosy atmosphere, and the numerous windows which are positioned to take advantage of the beautiful scenery.
The kitchen is of open plan design and can be viewed from the seating area. The kitchen is fairly well fitted out with a six burner cooker, fridges, brand new dishwasher, microwaves and various blenders, mixers and coffee machine. To the rear of the kitchen is another area which could be used either as an addition to the retail area or as a working room for the café. This area measures 4m by 2.4m.
The area extends to approximately a quarter of an acre. Parking is located opposite the unit in a public car parking area.
The property has mains electricity, water and septic tank. Cooking is by way of LPG.
There are no trading figures available as the present owner has never operated the business.
This property has an Energy Performance Rating of G.
The business has a non-residential rateable value, which has historically benefitted from the small business bonus scheme resulting in no rates being payable.