Rare opportunity to acquire 19th Century waterfront inn on Skye

‘Very special’ property seeks a hands-on new owner

One of the oldest inns on the Isle of Skye, the Inn at Àird a’ Bhàsair, overlooking the Sound of Sleat, is up for sale.

Built in the early 19th century in the small village of Ardvasar, the Inn is the only hotel within walking distance of the Mallaig to Armadale ferry, making it perfectly located for visitors making the ‘over the sea to Skye’ journey or arriving on the train via the West Highland Line.

The current owner is Lady Lucilla Noble, widow of the late Sir Iain Noble, co-founder of Noble Grossart, who acquired 20,000 acres of the Macdonald estate in Skye in 1972. Sir Iain played a key role in reviving Scotland’s Gaelic heritage and founded the Gaelic College of Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye in 1973.

In a spectacular location overlooking mainland Knoydart and the Sound of Sleat, The Inn at Àird a’ Bhàsair features a lounge bar and restaurant, separate public bar, function room, beer garden and 10 ensuite letting bedrooms, four with sea views. There is also a two bedroom owners’ apartment on the first floor and a private car park for around 20 cars.

Stirling based commercial estate agency Drysdale & Company has been instructed to sell the property.

Founder Stuart Drysdale said: “It is rare for a property with this history and of this calibre to come onto the market. The Sleat peninsula is a very desirable, tranquil location and with around 600,0000 visitors coming to Skye every year, there is no shortage of need for high quality accommodation.

“The Inn at Àird a’ Bhàsair would particularly suit a hands-on owner with an interest in the Highlands and in Gaelic culture.

“Drysdale & Company is delighted to have been entrusted with the sale of this delightful and very special property by the family. They are keen to see it passed on to a new owner who is keen to play their part in contributing to the rich culture of the Highlands and the community of Skye.”

For the purposes of marketing the property, Lot 1, The Inn at Àird a’ Bhàsair itself, is priced at offers over £795,000, while Lot 2, a plot of land of circa 0.65 acres to the rear of the hotel, is listed at £80,000.