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Urquhart Castle at Loch Ness seeks change to alcohol sales


By Scott Maclennan

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Historic Environment Scotland (HES) Enterprises is seeking licensing permission to extend its hours of alcohol sales at Urquhart Castle as well as the freedom to close earlier should there be less demand from visitors.

The application was made to Highland Council’s licensing board and will be determined tomorrow.

HES Enterprises wants to extend off-sales hours from 6pm to 8pm, but due to seasonal variations it wants its license to read: “Premises may close earlier in light of customer demand and weather conditions.”

That would affect the gift shop inside Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre which sells alcohol.

Officers checking the premises said the castle operators have “shown strong compliance” with regulations and are “confident” there would be no problem if the board granted the application.

No objections were received.

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