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'It's just not what we want to do': Inverness bar owner Bruce MacGregor puts satellite hotel at Golspie up for sale

By Caroline McMorran

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The Ben Bhraggie Hotel in Golspie has gone on the market, just two years after it was bought by Inverness businessman and renowned musician Bruce MacGregor and his wife Jo De Silva.

The six-bedroom property is being marketed by Stirling based specialist hospitality business agents Drysdale & Company. Offers of over £445,000 are invited.

Ben Bhraggie Hotel, Golspie.
Ben Bhraggie Hotel, Golspie.

Mr MacGregor, director for Bogbain Farm and MacGregor's Bar, both Inverness, is reported as saying that the Ben Bhraggie “doesn’t really fit” with his future plans.

He said: “It’s been our best year by a long shot. What has really surprised us has been the incredible success of our merchandise.

“It has exploded and it’s really made us look at our core products and the direction we are taking the company.”

Mr MacGregor said the Ben Bhraggie Hotel, situated just off the A9 at the north end of the village, was walk-in ready and would be ideal for someone who wanted a lifestyle change.

“It’s just not what we want to do,” he said.

After acquiring the hotel in May 2021, the MacGregors launched a crowdfunder to “build the bar at MacGregors at the Ben”, via MacGregor's Facebook page.

Around £135,000 was spent upgrading the rooms, bars and kitchens, including £25,000 raised through crowdfunding.

The hotel has a 20-cover lounge bar and a 40-cover restaurant as well as a conservatory dining room, full commercial kitchen and two-bed owner’s accommodation.

Drysdale & Company say it was a “unique opportunity to acquire an established family friendly hotel with restaurant and bar facilities on the North Coast 500 tourism route”.

The listing states: “The hotel is contained within a collection of connected buildings, first constructed in 1829 and extended in 1866. The property is generally of traditional red sandstone construction set beneath a variety of pitched and slated roofs.

“The hotel has been upgraded to a high standard throughout and benefits from good local and passing trade, being situated on the A9 trunk road forming part of the NC500."

The sellers say there is “scope to develop some of the rear outbuildings to create additional letting accommodation, subject to planning”.

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