A new course for fine dining hotel

Property with a reputation for quality food is in new hands

A FORMER 18th-century ferry inn in Argyll is in new hands after being sold by its long-term owners.

The 11-bedroom Airds Hotel & Restaurant in Port Appin, on the west coast, was owned by Shaun and Jenny McKivragan for 19 years, during which time they built the business into what is described as a successful destination venue that has proved popular with tourists.
On the food side, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant has developed a reputation for using fresh local ingredients and locally-sourced seafood.

Its accolades include three AA Rosettes as well as inclusion in the Good Food Guide for over four decades and a recommendation in the Michelin Guide.

The hotel, which was marketed jointly by property agencies Colliers and Christie & Co, has been acquired by Benjamin Andrews for an undisclosed sum.

Robert Smithson, associate director at Colliers, said: “So far this year, we’ve sold over 60 hotels, many of which have been quality assets in coastal and country locations popular with tourists.

“The sale of the Airds again underlines the popularity of quality hotels in beautiful tourist locations.

“I am thrilled that the Airds has been sold to someone who will continue the legacy of the McKivragans and continue to offer the high levels of quality and service the hotel is famous for, which brings customers back to the area year after year.

“I wish Benjamin the best of luck with his operation of the hotel.”