The unit for sale, known as the Assynt Centre, is an impressive modern property which was formerly the tourist information centre but is now offered with vacant possession. The building originally opened July 1995 and has a prominent roadside location on the main thoroughfare leading into the village of Lochinver. Set on the North Coast 500 route, the village is ideally situated for the many visitors who frequent this increasingly popular touring route. The property boasts many attractive features and could be utilised for a number of differing purposes. The unit would make an ideal gift shop, café or restaurant and could be a development project, however, purchasers would need to satisfy themselves of the veracity of their intended uses.
The unit is non-trading and therefore there are no trading figures for this sale.
The property is situated centrally to the village and has a seaward outlook, making this a desirable location. The West Coast of Scotland is famed for its spectacular countryside, rugged mountains, stunning coastline and beautiful sandy beaches. The idyllic scenery and open spaces combine to make the area highly popular with those seeking a relaxing holiday in the Scottish Highlands. The North Coast 500 route passes close to the village of Lochinver and draws in many visitors which has benefitted many local businesses. The region is renowned for its outdoor activities and there are Munros within the area plus many more leisurely walks. The coastal location supports sea-fishing and sailing; the freshwater fishing amidst unspoilt surroundings is another favoured option. The wide range of birdlife and animals roaming wild are a great attraction. The North West Highlands is also famous for its geo-park which also attracts a great many visitors to the region.
The unit is placed a few minutes’ walk to the centre of this attractive fishing village situated on the north-west coast, approximately 92 miles from the Highland capital, Inverness, and 36 miles from Ullapool. The village has a lively community with a post office, two supermarkets and numerous restaurants / hotels. Primary age pupils attend the school in the village and older pupils travel by school bus to Ullapool High School. There is a full range of social and welfare facilities in Ullapool and Lochinver.
The Assynt Visitor Centre is of modern construction and is set over 1½ floors with a pitched roof. Entry is gained from the main street and is disabled accessible. Through the main door is a vestibule which is fully glazed and offers prospects for positive marketing. Upon entry there is a large open plan ground floor area which is set to three distinct spaces.
The front area is bright and attractive with limited views across the bay. Off this zone is an office / staff facility with a sink and storage facilities. There are ladies, gents and disabled WCs, all fitted out to a good standard with extraction units. Off the disabled unit is a spacious storage room set to shelving. The mid-section has fixed lighting units and from here stairs lead to the first floor. The rear space also benefits from extensive spot lighting and can be accessed via a ramped access from the rear; this could facilitate ease of deliveries etc. Steps leading to the first floor present an open plan area with a large window offering seaward views; within this upper space is ample storage.
There is no residential accommodation associated with this sale.
An area of block pavement to the front of the property has an attractive stone structure / display. There is cycle parking to the side of the building. Car parking is available via a public car park to the rear of the subjects.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. The building has electric heaters.