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Two South Lochaber hotels have been purchased by Scotland’s leading independent hospitality business, writes reporter Katie Carabine.
The Isles of Glencoe Hotel and the Ballachulish Hotel have both been bought by the Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels.
These two hotels have been managed by Crieff Hydro since 2014, having taken over after a number of unsuccessful management companies.
In these last two years’ business has improved and staff numbers have increased and the long term future of these hotels is now secure.
Stephen Leckie, Chief Executive of Crieff Hydro, explained the importance of securing the hotels:
These two hotels complement the existing collection we own. Their family-feel, great locations, access to beautiful scenery and warm homely feeling just make them a perfect fit. We have proven so far that with local management and involving people who are passionate about Scotland in the business, they can be a great success. We look forward to seeing these businesses continue to grow.’
The 59 bedroom Isles of Glencoe Hotel was purpose built in the 1990’s on the shoreline of Loch Leven, at the edge of Ballachulish.
The 53 bedroom Ballachulish Hotel is steeped in history, having been the crossing point of Loch Linnhe for centuries, first by ferry and then by bridge.
These hotels, together with two in Crieff and two in Peebles, bring Crieff Hydro’s total to six hotels owned in Scotland.