Take a walk on the wild side

West Highland Way property with mini zoo on the market

A BAR and restaurant business with its own mini zoo which occupies a prime position on the West Highland Way is up for sale.

Located at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill on the edge of the Campsie Fells to the north of Glasgow, the Beech Tree Inn is the first destination that walkers reach after leaving Milngavie to tackle the 96-mile walk which stretches from Milngavie to Fort William and runs through the inn’s car park.

The business comprises a café bar, conservatory dining area and a snug; there’s also a large two-bedroom cottage.

And the Beech Tree Inn has a ”spectacular” 200-cover beer garden, which has a children’s play area and a mini zoo featuring Shetland ponies, pygmy goats, rabbits, chinchillas, aviary birds, tortoises, guinea pigs, ducks, quails and tropical fish.

Jonathan Clough, of Smith & Clough Business Associates, who is handling the sale, said the Beech Tree Inn attracts a broad clientele of walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts; locals from the surrounding villages including Strathblane, Drymen, Killearn, Fintry and Balfron; and visitors from further afield.

“I am delighted to be handling the sale of such a unique business, given its enviable trading position on the West Highland Way and the garden and mini zoo which set it apart from the crowd,” he said.

“I am expecting high levels of interest from throughout the UK, and, with the recent boom in the staycation market, I can see buyers possibly looking at the potential of adding glamping pods to enhance the business.

“Our client runs the business very much to suit themself, and operate it as a daytime business so there is huge potential to introduce an evening and bar trade also.

“The sale comes with a lovely, spacious cottage and is set in one of the most picturesque areas in the whole of Scotland, so offers not only a great business opportunity but a fantastic lifestyle one also!”

Freehold offers are being invited for the Beech Tree Inn.