A Wester Ross hotel in one of the most dramatic locations in Scotland could soon be transformed into a self catering complex.
Plans to revamp the closed Loch Duich Hotel, which stands within yards of iconic Eilean Donan Castle, were approved by Highland Council’s south planning committee yesterday.
Conchra Charitable Trust, who also own the castle, plan to turn the 19th century hotel into 11 self-catering apartments, along with seven new build apartments and a function suite.
A number of new parking spaces will be provided, as well as a small pier which would be built into Loch Long.
The new development could be used to host wedding receptions after couple tie the knot at fairytalel Eilean Donan Castle.
Local member Councillor Biz Campbell welcomed the move to bring the hotel back into use, after it closed around two years ago.
She said: “Ideally we would like to have another traditional hotel but we know that they don’t really pay because everywhere you go in Scotland you see old hotels boarded up.
“This seems to be the best way forward now and it will be good to see use of the building again.”
The hotel was constructed as part of a Highland estate at the end of the 19th century.
It’s iconic setting in the West Highlands has led to film and TV appearances, including featuring in Highlander and the James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough.