A Scottish Highland-based hospitality company aiming to provide the best sustainable hospitality on Scotland’s NorthHighlands coastline, has acquired the 14-bedroom Plockton Inn and its adjoining seafood restaurant.
Founded in the spring of 2021, Highland Coast Hotels invests in and develops independent hotels in the region, while driving regional growth, setting new standards for eco-friendly hotels and supporting local communities and suppliers.
Plockton Inn joins the four hotels acquired by the group in 2021; Kylesku Hotel, Newton Lodge, Unapool, the Royal Golf Hotel Dornoch and the Royal Marine Hotel Brora. Located on the west coast of the North Highlands, the hotel is located in the charming village of Plockton beside the sheltered bay, a haven for boaters and others exploring the area. The Plockton Inn will retain its name and become part of the Highland Coast Hotels Collection.
The Highland community is at the heart of every decision made by Highland Coast Hotels and, as with its other hotels, it will set up a Community Liaison Group in Plockton which will act as a forum for locals to give feedback on the group’s plans. . Anyone living within 15 miles of the Plockton Inn will also be eligible for the new Highland Coast Hotels Community Card which offers a 30% discount at its restaurants and bars, all year round, and a 50% discount on one night stay at any hotel, from October to March inclusive.
As Highland Coast Hotels evolves the guest experience at Plockton Inn, vendors and experience providers in the region are welcome to get in touch. The group aims to provide these businesses with exciting opportunities for expansion and development with the potential to create new businesses in and around Plockton which, in turn, should create new careers in tourism and hospitality. .
Highland Coast Hotels Chairman David Whiteford said: “We are absolutely delighted to acquire The Plockton Inn, one of the West Coast’s most popular hotels. It’s a daunting prospect to take over from Kenny and Mary Gollan and Susan Trowbridge, who nurtured and developed the hotel into a landmark in this beautiful part of the world. However, with a clear focus on working closely with the local communities around our properties and reinvesting in the local economy, we very much hope that we can add even more value to the hotel and surrounding area.
“We will continue to operate the hotel year-round and hope to create new permanent employment opportunities, both directly and indirectly through our support of local producers and activity providers. is that in its infancy we have exciting plans for the hotel which we believe will undergo a substantial refurbishment this winter.
Highland Coast Hotels prides itself on nurturing and developing its people to be the best they can be. Current employees of the Plockton Inn will be positively impacted by the group’s status as a Scottish living wage employer. There will be salary increases to reflect this, as well as additional training and development opportunities for the 30-person team which will grow as the hotel is integrated into the larger group.
Over the past year, Highland Coast Hotels has assembled a strong management team that will implement these changes, explained CEO Roddy Watt: “As someone who grew up in a West Coast hotel in Ballachulish, I am delighted to be involved with another wonderful hotel in this beautiful part of the world. I really look forward to meeting the many members of the local community and working with all to support the Plockton Inn on the next step in its journey of excellence.
Kenny Gollan, outgoing owner of the Plockton Inn, said: “After 25 years of ownership of the Plockton Inn, Mary, Susan and I are very sad to hand over our wonderful hotel after all these years. It has been a source of immense satisfaction and pride for us, and we will be forever grateful for the unwavering support we have received from the local community and our many regular guests from further afield. To all of you, ‘Thank you’.
“We have also been careful to only sell the hotel to a company that we believe shares our values and will continue the hard work that we have personally invested in over the years. We are delighted to be selling to Highland Coast Hotels and to ‘after our relationship with the senior team, we believe they will build on our heritage, and we wish them every success in continuing the Plockton Inn on the next leg of its journey. opportunities for our team will be opened up by being part of a larger organization, and one that clearly respects the importance of ‘community’, understands this part of the world and is very focused on supporting the local economy and community. broader environmental agenda.
Highland Coast Hotels builds on a successful first year of operation with strong occupancy levels across the group through to the summer season and for the remainder of 2022. The acquisition comes ahead of the reopening of the Royal Marine Hotel in Brora after a complete renovation of all rooms. and public spaces and a facelift of the exterior of the building.