Award-winning Highland Inn Offers Chance for Further Expansion

Selling agent Colliers International say the Glenuig Inn, situated amid spectacular coastal scenery near the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie sailed for Skye, is Scotland’s exemplar green tourism business. Originally believed to have been a drovers’ inn from the 18th Century, the current business is the culmination of ten years’ work by Steve Macfarlane, whose vision was that environmental sustainability should be at the forefront. 
 
It operates with minimum waste having recently removed all single use plastic from the business, has zero food waste leaving the premises which instead contributes to the 100% renewable energy which provides all heating, power and hot water, and clearly demonstrates that it is possible to run a year-round leisure and tourism business efficiently and profitably with minimal environmental footprint.
 
It is a Gold member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, and a holder of Scottish Environment Awards and Highland Business Awards.
 
Seller Steve Macfarlane said: “We’ve demonstrated that incorporating sustainability is sound business sense - sustainability and profitability are parts of the same approach. Doing so has turned this into a more profitable, efficient and sustainable business, making us very different from other businesses, and saving us money while reducing our environmental footprint.”
 
Its sustainability credentials, focus on the outdoor communities and a great reputation for locally sourced food has helped make Glenuig Inn a year-round destination. Situated in a stunning West Highland coastal location, it has a bar, restaurant and lounge with sea views, plus six recently upgraded letting bedrooms and a bunk- house. There are two staff flats and a new in-house laundry. There is planning permission for a further building to join two existing sections of the property.
 
Alistair Letham, a director in the UK hotels agency team at Colliers International, said: “Glenuig Inn is ideally situated, as it enjoys a beautiful, tranquil location without actually being too remote: it is on the route north from Oban via Mull to Skye, and just off the Road to the Isles. It attracts visitors from all over the world and is the great base for doing things on the West Coast of Scotland, as well as having impressive sustainability credentials”.
 
“Following the current owner’s successful efforts to establish Glenuig Inn as a renowned green destination, it will certainly appeal to other hoteliers and entrepreneurs interested in continuing this legacy, which makes sound business as well as environmental sense.”
 
Colliers International is inviting offers of around £895,000 for the Glenuig Inn, Lochailort, Inverness-shire.

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Alistair Letham

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Edinburgh

After graduating from Aberdeen university, with a Land Economy degree, Alistair joined a firm of national livestock auctioneers (United Auctions - UA) based in Perth in their property department specialising in the farm & rural property sector, and ultimately was Managing Director of the property company.  In 1986  Alistair joined the hotel & licensed property specialists, Robert Barry & Co (now Colliers Internatoinal) in their Edinburgh office. In 1991 Alistair was appointed Partner in charge of the Edinburgh office and following the sale of the specialist partnership, to what is now Colliers International, Alistair is now Directors of Hotels Agency, in charge of Scotland based in Edinburgh. Alistair has over 42 years of working in the property sector in Scotland, of which over 33 years has been exclusively in the specialist hotel sector inspecting hotels across the Scottish mainland and the Islands. Alistair's knowledge of Scotland - remote rural to busy cities - and its hotels is immense.

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