New haven for Plockton Inn as hotel group moves to expand offering in 'jewel of the Highlands'
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AN hotel group is promising a boost for tourism and local employment opportunities in an area of Ross-shire dubbed 'the jewel of the Highlands'.
Highland Coast Hotels is the new owner of The Haven on Innes Street, which will now become part of the existing Plockton Inn, providing an additional 20 en-suite guest rooms and a breakfast room and residential lounge for Inn guests.
The Haven is located adjacent to Plockton Inn on the main road into the village as it reaches Plockton bay. Sorley’s House is also part of the existing Plockton Inn and is situated in the building opposite.
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The latest development will, according to the hotel group, help Plockton Inn achieve its objective of creating a sustainable year-round hospitality business and accommodation in the village.
Guy Crawford, CEO of Highland Coast Hotels, said: “As part of our ongoing investment and commitment to employment opportunities and community-led hospitality, we’re delighted to announce that The Haven will become part of the Plockton Inn product offer this spring.
“With its traditional charm and authenticity, The Haven is the perfect fit for Highland Coast Hotels, offering an additional 20 en-suite guest rooms.
“Previous owner Lynn Henderson has done an amazing job of building the reputation of The Haven over recent years. We look forward to building on her legacy and taking The Haven to the next stage of its development as a hotel for overnight guests and as a local community hub with a warm welcome for everyone.”
Highland Coast Hotels says it has secured financial support from the Scottish National Investment Bank, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and other stakeholders for the Plockton Inn redevelopment as a sustainable year-round business in the village.
Mr Crawford said: “This latest investment is a clear indication of the solid confidence that Scottish National Investment Bank and our other key stakeholders have in the Highland tourism and hospitality industry, which has faced a number of unprecedented challenges over the last few years. As well as growing the local tourism economy, we now hope to create lasting professional careers in hospitality that will benefit the whole community.”
Paul Arcari, the current general manager of Plockton Inn, will lead with his team of hospitality professionals across the three Plockton Inn buildings in the village.
The 80-cover Plockton Inn restaurant and bar will continue to offer seasonal menus with local produce.
Since 2021, Highland Coast Hotels has acquired several leading hotels, including the Kylesku Hotel; Newton Lodge; Tongue Hotel; Plockton Inn; Royal Golf Hotel, Dornoch and Royal Marine Hotel, Brora, which is situated close to popular golf courses, stunning beaches and world-renowned distilleries.