New owner of Orkney hotel successfully secures £1m funding deal for refurbishment

The new owner of an historic Orkney venue The Kirkwall Hotel is to give the property a new lease of life, after securing a £1m funding boost from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Nick Dent is to carry out an extensive refurbishment of the B-listed building, with its 38 bedrooms, restaurant and bar all set for a makeover.

The renovation is said to take place over the next few years and care will be taken to preserve the hotel’s Victorian features.

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Alongside The Kirkwall Hotel, Dent also owns three other hotels and two bars and boasts extensive experience in the hospitality industry.

He said: “There is something for everyone at The Kirkwall Hotel, from comfortable rooms and a popular restaurant, to live music throughout the week. We are already looking to expand our busy team, and are confident that the business will go from strength to strength in the coming months.

“I am grateful to Royal Bank of Scotland for the funding and ongoing support of the business. I look forward to being able to update the hotel and help it reach its full potential, offering a luxurious but affordable stay to locals and tourists alike.”

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