Having carried out the first phase of a £250k refurbishment, The Fusion Group of Companies, which owns and operates a varied portfolio of hospitality businesses across Scotland, has opened the doors to its latest brand, the Isle of Skye Guest House.

Formerly MacKinnon House, having been built in 1912 by Major Archie MacKinnon, the House is respected as an ideal example of a Scottish country house hotel. Overlooked by the magnificent Sgurr na Coinnich mountain range, it is one of the very first stop offs after the Skye Bridge.


Phase One of the £250k refurbishment given to the property by The Fusion Group, which has extensive experience in both managing, consulting on, and owning hotels, serviced apartments, guest houses, B&B's and holiday parks, has seen accommodation in the main house, consisting of nine en-suite bedrooms,  opening for bookings, with its first guest coincidentally being a Mrs MacKinnon! Brand new en-suite bathrooms have been installed,  along with re-wiring, reconfiguring several room layouts, and installing modern IT, including wifi, with new Televisions in all bedrooms.


The completion of Phase Two, scheduled for April, will see the six bedrooms in the separate garden lodge open for guests, with a further final phase, likely to be Summer 2022,  see Fusion seek planning approval for 34 two bedroom lodges for let, alongside a custom built Club House.  The House has five acres of ground surrounding it.


“We are delighted to be open and trading,” said Alex McKie, Group Managing Director of the Fusion Group of Companies. “With another record staycation year predicted on Skye and other Scottish islands,  we have hit the ground running here with £200k of forward bookings already secured for the rest of the year 2022 through our reservations specialist partner, Accommodation Services.”


“Accommodation Services, which is a separate business under the Fusion banner,  is extremely proactive in marketing our Fusion owed properties– which include Old Churches House, Dunblane, Logierait Lodges Pitlochry, and Royal Gardens Apartments in Stirling – along with others for which we run a contracted Reservations Department on behalf of owners, managers and stakeholders. “

“Having employed several local people in housekeeping roles at Isle of Skye Guest House, which can be live in positions if they so desire, we are cracking on with Phase Two to complete an upgrade of the Garden Rooms ready for Easter.”

“We also hope to secure planning for the new Lodge Park and Club House which will create even more jobs, and provide an alternative to Hotel Accommodation for up to 120 guests,” he said. “Some people prefer their own space, and with Skye being such an outdoor play area guests can be up very early in the morning to climb and explore.”  


Alex finished by saying: “This is a truly beautiful environment with Skye Guest House fortunate enough to have five acres of ground. We are aiming to create the new lodge park with net zero impact if we can.”


Commenting on the new Guest House, Kate Forbes, local MSP for Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch said: “It is great to see investment in Skye. The hospitality industry is an absolutely essential part of Skye’s economy, and it’s heartening to see hoteliers with vision and commitment. I wish the operators of The Isle of Skye Guest House well with their endeavours.”


For further details on The Isle of Skye Guest House visit https://www.isleofskyeguesthouse.co.uk



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