The Strathcarron Hotel is a substantial Victorian property which historically was initially built in support of the Highland railway running from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh. The hotel is also strategically located on the A890 which is one of the preferred routes from Inverness to Skye plus the North West coastal route between Ullapool and Skye. The business is also well-placed to take advantage of those who have undertaken the North Coast 500 route but extend their travels towards Skye and Fort William. An attractive and well-presented property, the Strathcarron Hotel is located amidst a most breathtaking backdrop surrounded by steep mountain peaks offering views to Loch Carron. This part of the West Coast of Scotland has a mystical draw on tourists from around the world seeing a great influx of visitors between Easter and October. The original hotel was built in 1880 but is now presented to a modern standard ensuring that the traditional character and contemporary comfort levels seamlessly combine. The hotel offers 11 en-suite rooms, excellent public spaces and well-provided service areas. The grounds including a paddock, offer scope for further business expansion with lapsed planning for the erection of a chalet.
The vendor purchased the hotel in 2016 and due to ill health and a change in personal circumstances is now returning the property to the market prematurely. During his short tenure, the current owner has invested by upgrading the quality of fixtures and fittings. In particular he has re-carpeted large public areas, installed a new refrigerated cellar, implemented a new till system and has replaced other key capital items.
The Strathcarron Hotel trades year-round with support from locals plus the influx of tourists mainly during the period from Easter to October. The business trades comfortably from the remaining 10 letting bedrooms, the restaurant and bar. There are external seating areas and beer garden. The vendor uses an agency to secure room bookings which generates a good level of occupancy. The trading location would ensure that the hotel could be highly successful in new owner’s hands. There is no doubt that the business could be developed further through the provision of high quality service and sound food production. There are a number of self-catering accommodation units and B&Bs within the Strathcarron area which could provide an improved income stream, should evening and bar meals become a destination aspect of this excellent business.
Nestling at the head of a deep sea loch, between the spectacular mountain ranges, the Strathcarron hotel has excellent signage and is a superb centre from which to explore some of the most beautiful and romantic scenery in the Highlands of Scotland. Such is the setting that most of the wildlife for which Scotland is well known is right on the doorstep. Herds of wild deer are abundant in the neighbouring hills, sharing their habitat with the fox, grouse, golden eagle, raven and peregrine falcon amongst others. In the local waters are Atlantic salmon and numerous seabirds can be seen. The area is certainly rich in wildlife and ornithology. Geographically, Strathcarron is an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful west coast, including the Isle of Skye. Within the area there is an abundance of recreational activities. For walkers the beautiful Scottish terrain offers varied degrees of challenge from the more leisurely hill-walking to more stretching mountaineering. Touring and genealogy are other favourite pastimes together with the opportunity to visit nearby Scottish Castles and historic sites. For the more sedate tourist simply relaxing amidst the beautiful unspoilt surroundings is another popular option.
Primary schooling is provided in Lochcarron as well as a thriving playgroup. Secondary Education is in either Plockton which is only a 40 minute bus ride away, or some elect to attend Gairloch Secondary School, both having excellent reputations. On the sporting side amongst other community groups locally there is a golf club, bowling club and sailing club. There is also a local dental practice, medical centre, post office and a choice of shops. There is a train station at Strathcarron.
The Strathcarron Hotel has a substantial foot print within grounds extending to around .5 of an acre. Of Victorian origins, the main building is of stone construction under a pitched slate roof. The level of décor throughout is of a good standard and the hotel is presented in walk-in condition.
From the gravel car park to the rear of the property, access to the main building leads to the reception desk. A hallway from the reception leads to the main bar which has a sports room to the side. The main dining room is also off the reception hallway. The decor and finishing of these rooms are of a good standard. The bar has its own entrance from the front of the property and immediately on view is the new carpeting. The bar has a lovely ambience featuring a solid fuel fire and is set to 40 seats utilising a range of free-standing tables and chairs, stools and soft furnishings. The attractive bar servery of brick construction with wood counter, is well-stocked with a range of beers including local real ales. The snug games room is a popular area with visitors and locals and has a TV, pool table and darts lane. Off the sports bar are toilets which are not currently used and this may leave new owners with scope for developing this area further. The dining room is set to 40 covers but could easily accommodate more if required and would make an ideal function venue. The dining room has its own bar servery and an in / out door system leading directly to the kitchen, making it ideally situated for food service. From the reception area ladies and gents facilities are accessible. Through a door off the reception area are stairs leading to the first floor and all bedrooms.
The first floor has 10 letting bedrooms plus a further bedroom currently used by the owner for his private use. All letting bedrooms are spacious with en-suite facilities and are decorated to a good standard. Rooms are provisioned with full hospitality trays, LCD digital TVs and hair dryers and are configured as follows:
Room 1 - Double with en-suite shower room with Loch view
Room 2 - Single with en-suite shower room
Room 3 - Double with en-suite shower room
Room 4 - Twin with en-suite shower room
Room 5 - Single with en-suite shower room
Room 6 - Double with en-suite bathroom
Room 7 - Double with en-suite shower room and loch views
Room 8 - Double with en-suite shower room and loch views
Room 9 - Superior double with en-suite bathroom / shower over and loch views
Room 10 - Twin with en-suite shower room
At this present time the owner utilises Room 11 which has a suite of two rooms and an en-suite shower room. This room has its own private access.
There is a fully provisioned commercial kitchen with stainless steel worktops and extraction unit, the food production areas have excellent supporting storage facilities including walk-in chiller, freezer room and dry goods store. The business has 2 separate cellars; one has a new chiller unit. In addition there is a linen store, utility room, boiler room and staff W.C.
The hotel boasts a good level of amenity ground extending to approximately 0.5 of an acre. The rear garden has a seating area plus there is further bench seating off the bar. There is ample car parking area laid to gravel to the side and rear of the hotel.
The hotel has an area of paddock ground on the opposite side of the road which could be used for numerous purposes. However, there was a previous planning application for the erection of chalet. Details can be found on the Highland Council Planning Department website using reference 11/02760/FUL with a decision granted date of 14 Feb 2013.
The subjects benefit from mains electricity and water. Heating is by means of oil-fired boiler and cooking is provided by way of LPG. The hotel has private drainage services. With an integral fire alarm the hotel is fully compliant with legislation. Wi-Fi is available throughout.