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Development opportunities for three established Scottish hotels

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Three hotels which once catered for a significant number of coach tour guests could be converted to new uses, and are being marketed by international agents and leisure specialists Colliers International in collaboration with Scottish specialist Graham + Sibbald.

The Glenmorag Hotel in Dunoon, the Garve Hotel in Garve and Mackay’s Hotel in Strathpeffer together comprise Hart Hotels, which is owned by the David Urquhart Group.

Robert Smithson, of the specialist Hotels team at Colliers International, said: “All three hotels are well-located and offers are being invited for the portfolio or for the hotels individually.

“However, in addition to attracting interest from hospitality operators they have also been the focus of attention from developers who can see their potential for other purposes such as healthcare, residential, leisure and automotive.”

Alistair Letham, consultant at Graham + Sibbald, said that both Glenmorag and Garve hotels in particular had development land that added to their ability to be converted to alternative uses.

He explained: “The Garve Hotel is a brownfield site, extending to around six acres in a prominent position on the renowned North Coast 500. For that reason, in addition to its current hotel use, there are a variety of potential options for alternative uses. These include holiday accommodation, a petrol filling station and potentially a drive through - or even a combination of the three.

“The Glenmorag Hotel is set in a spectacular 12 acre site overlooking the Firth of Clyde. It is located within the Settlement Zone for the Bute + Cowal Area of the Argyll & Bute Local Development Plan. In particular, the three acres of land to the front of the hotel is specifically identified for housing. This is available subject to separate negotiation.

“The rear of the site was apparently previously zoned for housing and it is considered that the land to the rear could be developed for housing or for holiday lodge accommodation. With the prospect of the Dunoon Project bringing a cable car and investment into the area to drive tourism and the local economy, the site represents a fantastic opportunity.”

The three Hart Hotels together have a total of 177 letting bedrooms or apartments, and each hotel has a range of dining, banqueting and bar facilities. All hotels have ceased trading.

The Glenmorag Hotel has 71 beds, and has been created from an original Victorian mansion house, resulting in a significant hotel property in a superb, elevated location overlooking its own private gardens and the stunning Firth of Clyde.

It previously operated as traditional resort and holiday hotel located on the southern edges of the town of Dunoon, within one hour’s drive from Glasgow City Centre.

The property comes with around 12 acres of land making the site ideal for a number of development options including residential and leisure (subject to planning permission).

Mackay’s Hotel, which has 54 beds, was developed from two adjacent villas to create a now sizeable and easily managed tourist business incorporating a leisure club with swimming pool.

Centrally located in the attractive Highland village of Strathpeffer, it is an ideal base from which to explore locations in northern Scotland such as John O’Groats, the dramatic hills and coastlines of Wester-Ross and Torridon, the Isle of Skye and Loch Ness.

The Garve Hotel has 46 beds. It is set amongst dramatic Highland scenery, and is superbly located as a base for exploring northern and north west Scotland.

The hotel and five acre site is perfectly positioned on the iconic North Coast 500 (NC500) route, alongside the Blackwater River, and is ideal for development for a number of uses such as residential, leisure, automotive or a mixed scheme (subject to usual planning consents).

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Robert Smithson

Associate Director

Hotels Agency


Robert works to provide expert brokerage and professional services to the Hotels Agency and  Parks, Sports and Marinas departments across England Scotland and Wales, moving between our Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh offices.

Covering a wide range of matters, Robert has been involved in some of the largest and most significant parks and hotel deals over the last 10 years in the UK; allowing him to build up a great deal of industry contacts.

On behalf of both private and corporate clients Robert continues to strive to ensure that Colliers' reputation for service excellence and professionalism is upheld.

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