Hotel project near Ben Nevis on the hunt for an investor


A new five-star luxury hotel project planned for a site near Ben Nevis is now calling for investors.

According to a report from the BBC, the 80-bedroom hotel forms part of a wider proposal to transform the area around Leanachan Forest in Lochaber.

The plan has been produced by Forest Enterprise Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and planning permission was approved by Highland councillors last year.

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Work has now begun on a financial model and business plan to attract investors.

Lodges and an area for cabins, yurts, bunkhouse or camping pods could also be created as part of the proposals.

Leanachan Forest lies between Spean Bridge and Fort William.

Speaking to the BBC, Scott Dingwall, HIE’s head of regional development for Lochaber Skye and Wester Ross, said: "Tourism is one of our priority growth sectors in the region.

"The masterplan opens up huge potential to attract investment which could in turn attract more visitors and boost the Lochaber economy.

"Making available financial modelling and a viable business plan is crucial in attracting developers so we are delighted to see the project take this important step forward."