Plockton Shores is a beautifully presented boutique style café and restaurant which has a strong trading history with both a loyal local clientele and many repeat visitors. Situated in the heart of Plockton village nestling on the shoreline, with stunning coastal views across Loch Carron to the Cuillin Hills on Skye, Raasay and the Applecross Peninsula, this charming property has stunning views across the water to hills beyond.
Presented in pristine condition with imaginative decors and fixtures and fittings, the business is presented in walk-in condition thus allowing new owners the immediate opportunity to trade and make profit from day 1. Both the premises and business reflect the investment of the current proprietors who trade to a most professional standard. The café and restaurant both have a lovely ambience and offer a character reflecting the beautiful scenery and an excellent range of modern and traditional Scottish cuisine utilising a range of locally sourced products and seafood. The business internal areas extend to about 123m2.
Plockton Shores trades focusing on excellent customer care and attention to detail in every respect. Service levels reflect the high standards required by the owners, who are supported by a team of motivated staff. The business comes to the market ready to operate with no requirement for further significant capital investment and has been an established venue for 10 years trading profitably. The extant business model has three distinct income streams of café, restaurant and retail sales. The current business model has a liquor license. The operation presently trades year-round but would be a profitable seasonal operation where new owners were looking for a life-style opportunity. The business has an excellent website, www.plocktonshoresrestaurant.com, which details the fine selection of food on offer. During the main tourist season, Easter to October, the business generates the lion-share of its income from the high number of tourists and visitors. The business has a fine reputation, as reflected on a number of review websites.
The restaurant is ideally situated to take full advantage of the many holiday lets, B&Bs and hotels within the vicinity of Plockton but equally importantly, Plockton is considered a destination location for many day visitors. The area around Plockton is also used as a central vacation base for exploring the wider area and the Isle of Skye. There is access to a great many centres of tourism. The region’s striking and rugged landscapes, which are some of the most stunning Scotland has to offer, attract outdoor enthusiasts wishing to take advantage of the Cullins on Skye, the Torridon Mountains and the many peaks of Glen Sheil and Kintail. The village also has a regular boat trip to see the wildlife and the shores offer excellent launch areas for kayaks etc. The harbour also offers sheltered anchorage for small pleasure craft. The village of Plockton is situated close to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge (both approx. 5 miles). Kyle of Lochalsh has an excellent range of shops, catering establishments, facilities for visitors and services for the local population. The area is renowned as a tourist destination and is widely recognised as one of the most attractive holiday venues in the UK. Plockton is surrounded by some of the most magnificent scenery found anywhere in Scotland and with many magical places to visit, there’s little wonder that outdoor enthusiasts flock to this area from all over the world. There is also diverse wildlife to be readily seen in the area, including wild deer, pine marten, buzzard, porpoise, the elusive otter and even the magnificent golden eagle.
Plockton is only a short drive from Eilean Donan Castle which is one of the most iconic images of Scotland, being recognised the over the world. The area draws in both the outdoor enthusiast and the romantic explorer. Many visitors come to view the extraordinary wildlife, some to trace their ancestors and numerous simply visit to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. An array of activities including sailing, water sports, coastal cruising and fishing are all available in the region. Field sports and mountain biking are other popular pursuits and swell the number in the area during the busy summer season driving strong hospitality trade for the area.
Plockton also has a thriving community of around 400 inhabitants, with a great number of groups and activities on-going throughout the year. There is a local primary school with secondary education being undertaken in Kyle of Lochalsh.
REASON FOR SALE
The vendors purchased the business in 2007 and after developing it to its current high standard now wish to focus on their B&B within the village.
This attractive stone-built property dates from the early 1800s and the business for sale occupies the ground floor of a 2-storey property; the first-floor unit is not included in the sale. Plockton Shores has a commanding presence on the shore with excellent signage and benefits from a strong brand image. The business is exceptionally well-presented throughout with an excellent standard of decor. The business operation is laid out over a single floor at street level with entry to the trading elements off the pavement to the front and through a glass panelled door.
The public areas are set to two distinct areas; to the left of the main door is the newly formed café and retail space and straight ahead is the lovely restaurant. The attractive café area has a counter servery with coffee machine and till with shelving to the rear of the counter housing wines and spirits for off-sales. There are 5 stools beneath the counter which offer excellent views across the bay. There are also traditional tables which combined with the stools seat up to 15 people. To the rear aspects of the café is an area set to shelving selling a range of grocery items which are popular with the locals and tourists alike. This most attractive area benefits from plenty of natural lighting plus spotlights. Off the retail space are two W.C.; one of customers and the other for staff etc.
The main restaurant can be accessed either from the front entrance or via the rear of the café. Upon entry it is self-evident that the operation is set up to serve quality food and provide a high level of service; both these facets are well covered in the many positive reviews that the business receives. Set to around 40 covers the restaurant has a character and charm that sits so well within its surroundings. A feature stone wall has a picture window offering views across the harbor. The décor and attractive furniture presents a warm and welcoming ambience. The wooden floor and tile fronted server combines with other elements to provide a natural setting. The service point has a good quality fresh coffee machine, chillers, wash hand basin, electric till and is well stocked with wines, bottled beers and soft drinks etc.
The commercial kitchen is located immediately to the rear of the main restaurant and café areas. This facilitates ease of customer service. This spacious and exceptionally well fitted out kitchen benefits from a comprehensive suite of high quality facilities, utensils, refrigeration units and food preparation aids. It has an effective extraction unit. The kitchen has ample storage and immediate access to the side of the property to enable ease of deliveries etc. The premises are fully compliant with Environmental Health and Fire Regulations.
There is no owner’s accommodation with this property but there are a number of homes available on the market within an easy commute.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity, water and drainage. Propane Gas is used for cooking. Heating is by electric panel heaters.