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Famous Skye eaterie The Three Chimneys has been sold by owners Shirley and Eddie Spiers after 34 years.
The world-renowned restaurant with rooms, at Colbost, has been bought by Scots-born international hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray, who is returning to live in Scotland.
Mr Gray aims to carry on business at The Three Chimneys as it has always been run, with the introduction of additional investment.
The Three Chimneys will be part of his new Scottish hotel and restaurant collection, The Wee Hotel Company.
All current staff will remain in position, including head chef Scott Davies, whose style of cooking and commitment to using hyper-local produce has grown The Three Chimneys’ reputation as one of the best restaurants in the world.
Reservations in the restaurant, and bookings for The Three Chimneys’ six adjacent bedroom suites in The House Over-By, will be honoured under the new ownership and the current management team will remain.
The Speirs, who reopened The Three Chimneys in 1985, will remain indirectly involved with the business for a transitional period ensuring a smooth handover.
Mr Gray has invited Mrs Speirs to share her knowledge and experience of Highland hospitality and tourism as The Wee Hotel Company develops.
Shirley said: ‘Eddie and I have dedicated most of our working and family life to The Three Chimneys and are extremely proud of how the restaurant has developed over the past three decades.
‘This could not have been possible without the support of many wonderful people, who have all worked exceptionally hard to help us build our reputation.
‘Together we’ve taken The Three Chimneys’ biggest business constraint – the restaurant’s remote location – and turned it into a unique selling point.
‘We always knew we had to create a memorable experience which exceeded customer expectations to grow the business.
‘We have now reached a point in our lives where we want to travel more and work a little less.
‘Our focus has been on finding the right person who shares our vision for the long-term future of The Three Chimneys and we are extremely pleased to have found that person in Gordon. We know The Three Chimneys, The House Over-By and our exceptional team will be in great hands.’
Mr Gray added: ‘I cannot tell you how privileged I feel to have been given the opportunity to buy The Three Chimneys.
‘I am very flattered they would allow me take over the reins of their amazing achievement and the simply outstanding team. For the past few years, I have wanted to come home to apply the skills and knowledge I’ve developed across my career.’