The historic Kingshouse Hotel in the centre of Glencoe is to re-open in February 2019 after a £12m redevelopment programme.
The hotel is widely known and much loved by walkers on the West Highland Way. Its reopening will bring 54 new jobs to the area and is expected to deliver a significant boost to tourism all year round.
With documented history back to the 17th century, the Kingshouse Hotel on Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, is known across the world to walkers and lovers of unspoilt spaces.
Against a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty and brooding mountains, Kingshouse has been carefully designed to blend in with its surroundings and fully upgraded to meet the needs of a 21st century audience.
Kingshouse will be managed through the hugely successful, Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels. This remains a family run concern and third generation owner, Stephen Leckie said, “Our focus is to provide continuity for all the things which make Kingshouse unique, while ensuring its longevity for another century and more.
“Our aim is create a welcoming destination for all. By improving facilities for serious walkers as well as recreational tourists, we intend to transcend the seasons and make Kingshouse Hotel a destination for all year round, including hosting events and weddings amongst some of the most dramatic scenery in Scotland.”
Lesley Benfield is Chief Executive of Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, which is the destination management organisation for Lochaber, and she adds, “Kingshouse Hotel will deliver a memorable experience in a truly stunning location. Situated at the gateway to the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, this is a significant contribution to the creation of jobs and year round economic benefits in one of Scotland’s most remote and iconic locations.”
Graeme Ferguson of Bidwells, who have managed the project on behalf of the hotel owners, adds, “The extent of investment by the owners meant we were able to utilise sustainable technology and design to ensure Kingshouse enhances facilities and employment in this area, while making as little impact on the natural environment as possible. It helped enormously that all involved genuinely love the area and we are hugely excited at the prospect of revealing what’s been achieved.”
Within the development, the modern bunkhouse facility has been retained for those seeking basic overnight accommodation, and new opportunities to eat, drink and relax have been added. The famous “Climbers Bar” has been renamed “The Way Inn” and retains its popular pub feel, while a new restaurant will serve traditional favourites, using local produce wherever possible.
New General Manager, Craig Haddow adds, “I can’t tell you how happy I am to be part of the re-opening of Kingshouse Hotel. I feel really fortunate to be part of the next chapter of this historic inn and I totally understand the love people feel for this special part of Scotland.
“While the revamp allows us to serve a broader audience and cater for longer stays than the old hotel, I can’t wait to welcome a new generation of walkers and travellers to its door, to fall in love with the place, the fabulous backdrop and the warmth of the hospitality that my team and I are committed to offering.”
The Kingshouse Hotel is due to re-open on the 8th February 2019 and bookings are already being taken for 2019.
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