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Superb Cafe on the Isle of Skye

Caledonian Café, Wentworth Street, Portree, Isle of Skye, Portree, IV51 9EJ, Highlands
£ 750,000 / Offers Over
For sale
Profitable cafe with excellent service facilities and spacious food preparation areas set in the ever-popular town of Portree.


  • Superb and highly popular, fully licenced café located in the vibrant capital of the Isle of Skye.
  • Thriving year-round trade generated from the significant influx of visitors to this popular tourist location and the local population.
  • Attractive and modern café, providing 40 covers, suitable for owner led or managed investment operation.
  • Generating consistently high turnover year on year, over £750,000 in 2018, with high profitability conversion ratio.
  • Excellent service facilities and spacious food preparation areas capable of a high level of food production.
  • Rare opportunity to acquire a highly successful commercial venture within a sustainable and desirable location.

The sale of the Caledonian Café offers a rare opportunity to purchase an established and very successful business in the town of Portree. There has been a café in this trading location for over 75 years giving support to its longevity and sustainability. The café enjoys a consistently strong reputation within the local community and as such has a high level of regular and repeat trade, resulting in a very high net profit percentage. Due to its location in the centre of Portree, adjacent to the main square and close to the harbour, the business also benefits from the influx of tourists who visit this most popular destination, resulting in a high footfall and turnover of tables. Currently run under management with minimal owner involvement, this highly profitable business would yield an attractive return on investment if run under management or a considerable income for ‘hands-on’ owner operators.

The business has been continually and intelligently developed and improved with an entire kitchen refit 36 months ago and a full programme of décor upgrades within the public areas. The café is laid to open plan seating, with tables and chairs to accommodate 40 covers. The corner servery area houses a coffee machine, drinks dispenser and electronic till system. The café offers a range of quality fresh menu choices, available 7 days a week, and also provides an evening service in the Summer months. The café is also well known for its ice cream provision, buying in from Rizza’s, and this is very popular with visitors. The well-equipped commercial kitchen and preparation areas are of a good size, and lie to the rear with ease of access to the serving area via a hatch. There are modern and bright male and female toilets and ample storage space.

Operating on a year-round basis, the business trades 7-days per week, offering breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner service in the Summer months, opening from 9am to 9pm. A more restricted service is provided in the Winter months, with the business closing at 4pm. The present configuration of the café allows for the serving of up to 40 customers at free-standing tables and chairs; there is also a popular takeaway and ice cream service. The business offers a wide selection of top-quality fresh menu options in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.

The business has a sound reputation locally and features on various websites including its own, along with a very active Facebook page. The café uses social media to promote the various dishes of the day and this often carries new menu additions as well as images of specials on offer. Turnover of over £750,000, is ably managed by a team of staff on a mix of full-time and part-time contracts. The business has excellent profitability offering both a strong income and lifestyle opportunity or a solid investment.

The Isle of Skye, or in Scots Gaelic 'Eilean A Cheo' meaning Misty Isle, is located on the north western coast of Scotland and is a world-renowned holiday destination for a great number of reasons, appealing to a wide range of visitors. Portree is the cultural hub for Skye, and the largest settlement with a population of about 2500. With the award-winning Aros Centre the town is an ideal and popular base for exploring the rest of the Island. Skye’s rugged Cuillin Mountains are known to walkers and climbers the world over and visitors are drawn to the spectacular Trotternish Ridge to the north as this wild area is dominated by astonishing rock formations such as the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the truly extraordinary pinnacles of the Quaraing. Fishing, water sports and genealogy are constant attractions along with breath-taking scenery, castles, distilleries and a Highland welcome. Portree’s active port set around a natural harbour framed by high cliffs, is a centre of activity used by fishing boats, cruise ships as well as pleasure craft. Portree benefits from excellent leisure facilities including a swimming pool, pony-trekking and boat cruises plus plenty of shopping opportunities in addition to the great variety of cafes and restaurants. There is primary and secondary schooling within the town.

The café was purchased by the current proprietor in 2004 and has developed into the successful and highly profitable operation it is today. The owner has decided to present this opportunity to the market allowing him to turn his attention to other business ventures.

The Caledonian Café is a smart, well-presented unit in an excellent trading location set within the ever-popular town of Portree. The property is situated at street level throughout and extends to c117m2. Three doors face onto the street and the main entrance features a stained-glass window, leading to a small waiting area where clients can wait to be seated.
The welcoming open-plan layout provides for a popular and easily operated business. The smart trading area is set to circa 40 covers with space for a servery counter featuring glazed display cabinets and a large ice cream display unit. There is a small staff and storage area to the rear of the servery counter. There is a hatch where food is passed through to the waiting staff.

There are well-appointed and modern male, female and disabled W.C.s. To the rear aspects is an excellently appointed preparation and storage room which houses a number of freezer and refrigeration storage units. The modern and effective food production area is well-equipped and presented to a high standard. The substantial main kitchen with a modern extraction unit comprises a pot-wash area, ample food preparation spaces and a further service prep room to the rear with free standing fridges and freezers. There is a full extraction system, air conditioning, induction cookers and infra-red cooking system, commercial sinks, fryers, microwaves, stainless steel worktops, hard wearing commercial flooring and good lighting. Having been fully refurbished in recent years, the food service areas are capable of presenting a high level of food production to an excellent standard which generates an exceptional level of turnover and a very high net profit percentage.

The premises are fully compliant with Environmental Health regulations. The business benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage.

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