Coastal hotspot for walkers and wildlife offers room to grow

WITH A prominent roadside location on the popular North Coast 500 tourist route, Golspie’s Ben Bhraggie Hotel has potential for growth powered by the site’s high passing traffic.

The village of Golspie, situated on Scotland’s northeast coast, is an hour from both Inverness and Wick, with a train station on the Far North Line. It’s a hotspot for hikers and wildlife enthusiasts, with a fine beach, Highland Wildcat Trails, and a mountain bike trail centre.

Now on the market via Drysdale and Company, the Ben Bhraggie is nestled within a complex of interconnected structures, dating back to 1829. The six-room hotel building was a former Aberdeen Town and County Bank branch.

Recently upgraded to a high standard, the hotel attracts both local and passing trade. Its lounge bar seats 20, the main dining caters to 40, while the conservatory has 16 covers. There’s a fully equipped commercial kitchen, storage, and toilets at ground level, and private car parking is available. There is also a two-bed private owner’s apartment.

The hotel currently operates with a full complement of staff. Drysdale’s suggest that a new owner-operator could best exploit its potential, especially during summer months, by extending lunchtime service to attract that high passing traffic. The hotel presently offers breakfast for guests and dinner for guests and non-residents.

There is also scope to develop some of the rear outbuildings to create additional letting accommodation, subject to planning.

Founder of Drysdale and Co, Stuart Drysdale, said: “The Ben Bhraggie Hotel presents an excellent opportunity for an owner – operator to purchase an established small hotel business benefiting from a prominent roadside location on the popular NC500. Potential buyers are encouraged to register interest so that we can keep them informed of a likely closing date.”

The property is on the market with a guide price of £445,000.