Drop anchor on the west coast

Restaurant sale on Isle of Gigha offers lifestyle change

Housed within a 300-year old building, The Boathouse overlooks Ardminish Bay

LICENSEES looking to swap the concrete jungle for sand and sea might be interested in The Boathouse, on the Isle of Gigha.

Situated on the shore of Ardminish Bay, at the bottom of the Mull of Kintyre, the restaurant is located close to the island’s community-owned ferry port leading to the mainland, connecting with the main A83 route to Glasgow.

The Boathouse is described as popular with both locals and visiting tourists from the mainland due to the 20-minute ferry from Tayinloan. And the pontoons and moorings, which were upgraded in 2016, are said to attract passing customers travelling on sailing boats.

The family-run restaurant, which occupies a 300-year old boathouse, can accommodate 28 covers, with seating for a further 40 outside – and is said to have maintained a strong reputation for fresh seafood and locally-sourced meat; it has gained recognition in the Michelin Guide in recent years.

There’s an opportunity to build further trade by utilising additional space on the first floor of the property to increase capacity. And there’s recently-granted planning permission to build five glamping pods on the campsite, which is also included within the current lease agreement.

The restaurant is owned by the Gigha Trust and currently leased to husband and wife team James and Sharon Clark, who have operated the business for two years and are looking to sell in order to focus on other business interests.

Josh Hill of Christie & Co said: “The Boathouse presents a unique and exciting business opportunity. As the business only trades from March until September, it would make a great lifestyle change for a chef or husband and wife team, given its picturesque location.”

Offers of £140,000 are sought for the leasehold interest of The Boathouse.