• Multi award winning Highland Inn set in a stunning coastal location on the Sound of Arisaig and on the north/south route from Mull to Skye, not far from the Road to the Isles.
• Superb public areas and stunning business benefiting from numerous accolades for its green credentials and a VisitScotland 3-Star rating.
• Picturesque trading location offering 6 generously sized and well-appointed en-suite letting bedrooms plus a modern 9-bed bunkhouse.
• Operating on a year-round basis, trading profitably providing a "home and income" lifestyle opportunity, the business has undoubted potential for new owners to expand trade further.
• Includes spacious and separate 1-bedroom owners' apartment plus excellent 3-bedroom staff flat.
• Outstanding external al-fresco trading areas plus ample private parking for guests.
Glenuig Inn is a charming property with many unique features and situated in a stunning trading location in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This alluring part of the West Highlands of Scotland has a unique character and is steeped in history. It is thought that the Inn, being recorded as being built pre-1745, was the site of an old drover's Inn. The original subjects are of stone construction and the present owners have developed the property so that it has retained much of its original character whilst expressing the quality and comfort demanded by modern day guests and visitors.
Glenuig Inn's waterside location overlooking the Sound of Arisaig with Loch Nan Uamh to the north and views of the Small Isles of Rum, Eigg and Muck and Skye on the horizon, makes it popular with the many visitors to the region and the business is a 'destination location' for Lochaber residents, tourists from further afield and those working in the area.
Glenuig Inn is a Visit Scotland 3-Star Inn, has a strong trading ethos, and has been consistently awarded the Gold Award within the Green Tourism Business Scheme, was runner up in the 2018 European Business Awards for the Environment, and a global Green Hotelier winner for waste reduction and management.
This desirable property offers 6 letting bedrooms, a modern 9-bed bunkhouse, plus a spacious dining room, bar and lounge with excellent supporting infrastructure. There is a smart 1-bedroom self-contained apartment for owners use and a 3-bedroom staff flat, which could also be used as additional owners' accommodation, if required.
Glenuig Inn's ethos is to provide a full menu of healthy, natural, locally sourced food with outstanding service levels. The business operates year-round maintaining a consistent service, opening daily from 4pm till 9pm. Over many years the business has become a key destination, especially within some of the outdoor communities for sea kayaking, cycling, walking and wild swimming and provides full infrastructure to support these outdoor activities and more. Additionally, the Inn is fully dog friendly, and has an international reputation as a green business. Glenuig Inn therefore sees a broad spectrum of clientele from those exploring and travelling through the Highlands, to others who visit the surrounding environment to pursue outdoor activities in their differing forms.
The business generates much of its trade through its own excellent website (), word of mouth recommendation and the use of a wide range of relevant and supporting portal websites, mitigating the need for online travel agencies. The Inn operates with a small team making this an ideal lifestyle operation for an extended family or partnership.
Glenuig Inn is a highly sustainable business that, due to its flexible operation, is both agile and nimble making it an attractive proposition in today's ever-changing world.
There is undoubted potential for new owners to further drive trade by offering lunchtime provision to the many day visitors to the area and self-catering residents all year round. Additionally, new owners may wish to reinstate what is now an office space back to its former configuration as a modern 9-bed bunkhouse. These two simple measures, requiring little by way of capital expenditure, will increase turnover and profitability further.
Glenuig Inn is situated in the small coastal village of Glenuig, which is famed for its rugged beauty, beaches and outstanding views of the Sound of Arisaig towards the Small Isles of Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna. The village has a shop / post office and village hall with further amenities available in Acharacle (12 miles), Mallaig (25 miles) and Fort William (35 miles).
The area is ideal for a range of activities including sea-kayaking, sailing, diving, walking, mountaineering, skiing in Fort William & Glencoe, fishing, cycling, motor biking, wildlife spotting, painting and photography. Though in a secluded part of the Highlands, the business is readily accessible being 8 miles from Lochailort where there is a train station with connections to the Caledonian Sleeper service to London, as well as being on the A830, the "Road to the Isles" linking Fort William and Mallaig, and ferry links onwards to Skye, the Small Isles and the Western Isles. It is also on the route north/south linking Mull with Skye, a popular travel route for visitors of all types and is not far from Glenfinnan with its viaduct and monument overlooking Loch Shiel.
The Glenfinnan Monument is a tribute to those who fought in the Jacobite Uprisings that culminated in the Battle of Culloden in 1746; Prince Charles Edward Stuart raised his father's Standard at Glenfinnan a year before this famous battle marking the start of the Jacobite campaign. It was from Loch Nan Uamh, in the Sound of Arisaig, from where Bonnie Prince Charlie departed for Skye after his defeat at Culloden. During the summer, the Jacobite Steam train travels on the Glenfinnan railway line, a popular tourist activity made famous by the Harry Potter films.
Secondary education is provided at Mallaig High School, and Ardnamurchan High School that are equidistant from the Inn. Primary education is located at Arisaig or Acharacle.
Reason for sale
Purchased in 2007 the current owners have developed the business to incorporate environmental sustainability for additional financial benefit as well as the more obvious environmental one, and which is evident throughout the business. Due to their desire to focus on other business interests, this highly profitable and unique business is presented to the market.
The main property dates from pre-1745, reopening as an Inn in 1966. The business is currently laid out over 3 separate buildings; the Inn itself fully renovated in 2009 & 2010, letting accommodation built new in 2004 and a large utility building built new in 2014. The main Inn is a 1.5 storey property with trading elements to the ground floor and extensive owners and staff accommodation to the first floor, both of which have separate private access.
From the car park, access is gained to the Inn from the front door which leads via an entrance vestibule to the spacious main bar area. The bar sets the scene in terms of the quality and finishes found throughout. With its rustic wood-fronted bar, timber floor and feature wood-burner burning stove, the bar offers an ambience which is a perfect backdrop to its external surroundings.
From the bar to the left is the restaurant/dining room which can comfortably seat 46 and which has a stunning triple aspect offering superlative views. The restaurant has flagstone flooring, an attractive servery area and a further wood-burning stove. Off to the right hand side of the bar is a cosy yet spacious lounge that offers seaward views over Glenuig Bay.
The Inn benefits from under-floor heating throughout and is a warm and cosy destination venue year-round. The service areas within the Inn are of an exceptional standard reflecting the owners' financial investment into the business. There is a large commercial kitchen with modern equipment and is well appointed. Ancillary areas include a dry store with fridge and freezers. There is a spacious cellar plus additional storage.
There are 6 quality letting bedrooms each with excellent en-suite facilities benefiting from a bath and shower. The rooms are well furnished, have central heating, and tea/coffee facilities. The rooms all have external door access with a small porch suitable for coats and boots.
Rooms are configured to:
Room 1 - 5 single beds
Room 2 - 3 single beds
Room 3 - King-size plus a single bed (sleeps 3)
Room 4 - King-size plus a single bed (sleeps 3)
Room 5 - King-size plus a single bed (sleeps 3)
Room 6 - King-size plus twin single beds (sleeps 4)
Also, within the accommodation unit is an external shower room that is available for non-resident guests undertaking diving, kayaking or sailing activities. There is also a well-equipped in-house laundry.
Housed within the utility building is the Bio-mass pellet boiler which meets all heating and hot water across the property, and a food waste dryer which processes all the food waste so it to can be added as biomass fuel, meaning there is zero food waste to be managed through other means. Also within the utility building is a smokery, which is currently under-utilised and would be an attractive feature for those wishing to produce smoked products for use within the restaurant or general sale.
In addition, there is a large drying room which is an excellent asset for the business offering a functional space for guests' equipment & kit to be dried overnight before the next day's activity.
The modern staff and owners' accommodation units are set above the bar / restaurant / lounge area and each aspect has its own private entrance. The quality of accommodation is excellent and from the first-floor vantage point offers stunning views across the bay and towards the rugged hills.
A most attractive feature of this sale is the modern and spacious staff flat above the Inn. This comfortable unit is comprised of 3 double/twin bedrooms, an open plan living/dining area with outward facing views over the bay, well-appointed kitchen and large bathroom with shower. This spacious area could additionally represent excellent family accommodation should new owners require an extended living area.
The current owner's accommodation is similarly situated above the Inn and benefits from a generously sized family lounge, double bedroom with dormer window, modern kitchen with a range of appliances, and large family bathroom with shower.
There is a spacious and modern 9-bed bunkhouse that is currently configured as a separate office through personal choice from the current owners. This element of the business offers a large open plan room with 2 shower rooms and a compact kitchen area. The bunkhouse historically generated income on a bed and breakfast basis and this could easily be reinstated without major capital cost. This area would also be an ideal space for wellness retreats, yoga/Pilates, treatments etc. As well as being ideal for photography or an art workshop. The flexibility of this accommodation is such that it could be used as additional living accommodation for extended family members or business partners
Glenuig Inn is a substantial property set within about 3/4 of an acre. To the front of the Inn is the external trading area set with benched seating that will comfortably accommodate up to 32 guests. The Inn has ample car parking to the building's front aspects.
The business benefits from mains electricity and water with private drainage. Heating is 100% renewable via the biomass boiler with under-floor heating plus there are 2 wood-burning stoves in the public areas. The business is fully fire and eho compliant. All buildings have sensitive exterior LED lighting with sensors and timers. The property is double glazed throughout.
In 2009, The Glenuig Inn was fully renovated with sustainability at its heart. As a multi-award winning sustainable business, a host of initiatives were implemented to minimise its environmental footprint whilst encouraging biodiversity and protecting the very thing for which the area is renowned for, beautiful unspoilt countryside, coastline and waters. In 2018 the Inn was one of only 2 companies representing the UK at the European Business Awards for the Environment (the only hospitality business) and was voted global winner for waste reduction by Green Hotelier. The Inn currently uses 100% renewable energy, there are no single use plastics in the business, minimal waste to landfill, no food waste leaves site nor is it composted, and much more.
2018/19 European Business Awards for the Environment runner-up
2018 Green Hotelier Winner - Waste
2018 Green Apple Award - Scottish Green Champion
2011 & 2016 Scottish Environment Awards: Vibes Best Micro Business
2016 Highland Business Awards: Lochaber Business of the Year
2015 Highland Business Awards: Best Low Carbon Business
2019 Green Tourism Business Scheme: Gold Award consecutively since 2011
2020 Visit Scotland - 3-Star Inn
2019/ 2020 Taste our Best - since 2017
2016 Shortlist Scottish Green Energy Awards
2019 sltn Sustainability Award
Planning Consent has been granted to build a new "infill" building, between the main Inn and the letting accommodation (Ref: 12/03519/ful) to erect further guest rooms and self-catering units/staff flats. The accommodation comprises of;
Ground Floor - 2 staff flats including a bedroom, lounge, kitchen and shower room.
First Floor - 6 double/twin bedrooms each with en-suite shower rooms.