‘Great little hotel business’ sold in Outer Hebrides

Heathbank hotel

A hotel in Outer Hebrides that has been described as a ‘great little business’, has been sold for close to its asking price of £375,000 by Colliers International.

Heathbank Hotel on the Isle of Barra has been snapped up by local resident of the island Marion MacNeil, who now plans to continue operating and managing the business along the same lines, plus look to extend the hotel’s season of opening.

The five-bed property was first built in the late 19th century as a church or mission house and first became a hotel, complete with bar and restaurant, in 1974.

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Now Heathbank Hotel is recognised by a VisitScotland three-star rating and alongside the five bedrooms, is home to a lounge bar and separate dining room.

Alistair Letham, a director in the UK hotels agency team at Colliers International, commented: “The Heathbank Hotel is a great little business producing good profits and has been a successful and popular landmark on the Isle of Barra for many years and no doubt will continue to be so under the new ownership of local buyer, Marion MacNeil.”

Isle of Barra is known as the ‘jewel of the Outer Hebrides’ and is often referred to as the ‘Island of Flowers’. It claims to be home to the most westerly nine-hole golf course in Great Britain and the only commercial airport with a beach landing strip.

The Heathbank Hotel was owned and operated by the MacLeod family since its opening in 1974 and the sale is the first time the hotel has been offered for sale to the open market, following the decision by the MacLeods to retire from the trade.


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