A great business in Gairloch with room for further expansion

Up in Wester Ross, Gairloch is synonymous with unspoilt coastal scenery and traditional Highlands and Islands charm – and more recently as a good stopping off point on the western leg of the popular North Coast 500 tourist trail.

Thus the sale of The Old Inn & Brewhouse, a well-established hotel business in Gairloch’s Flowerdale, should be of interest to anyone looking for a Highlands hospitality opportunity.

A traditional building on a harbourside location with outstanding views, The Old Inn is said to have kept its charm while being ‘sympathetically expanded’ over the years to provide 17 spacious en-suite bedrooms, a lounge bar, a main restaurant, and a function space, as well as two staff flats and an outdoor terrace overlooking that harbour.

The property also benefits from pre-planning for nine individual lodges on site. Selling agents Graham + Sibbald described it as a ‘wonderful opportunity for a new operator to build upon the well-known and well-established business in this excellent location’.

The current owner, Alistair Pearson, commented: “After several difficult ‘Covid’ years the business performed well in 2023. Current advance room bookings are + 55% on last year, and the business is well on its way to reaching pre-Covid levels.

“After nearly 25 years running the business, it has been a difficult decision but with a great location, and a solid business, this is a good time to pass the baton.”

Graham + Sibbald are inviting offers in the region of £950,000 for the freehold interest.