A multi-million pound luxury holiday village is being planned on the famous Highland estate owned by former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed.
Leisure company Natural Land is proposing to create a major complex on 140 acres of land within Balnagown Estate in Ross-shire – potentially creating around a hundred jobs in the area.
They aim to transform an historic disused quarry which ceased operating 20 years ago into a mega tourism hub, which they describe as a “sustainable holiday resort”.
Part of the plans at Logie Quarry, Kildary, include 80 luxury lodges providing two, three and four-bedroom five-star accommodation for visitors, while another 60 single-story ‘eco-lodges’ are also in the pipeline.
Other proposals include a micro-brewery, mini-hotel, farm shop, café and gym complex.
Adam Gough, head of property at Natural Land – which formed part of controversial Natural Retreats, the company which collapsed after failing at Cairngorm Mountain – said they have huge ambitious plans to transform the old quarry into a major tourist spot.
The company is leasing the site for 25 years initially to develop their plans at Balnagown Estate, with Mr Al Fayed becoming their landlord.
Mr Gough said: “It is a vast site with huge potential. We want our plans to fit in with the surrounding woodland.
“It will run into millions of pounds over the next few years if approved, but obviously we are looking for input from locals seeking their views.
“It will create jobs in a location that has not seen any activity since Logie Quarry ceased around 20 years ago.
“Not only will we create luxury lodges and eco-lodges, but have a farm shop and gym space – while also creating space for dog walkers and cyclists.
“We want to work with the community to make this a success.”
Local councillor Derek Loudon was enthusiastic about the plan, but said all views must be heard before the plans are placed before councillors for a decision.
He added: “It looks like a major development on what is currently an old quarry. It seems very ambitious and could create significant jobs, so the community must have an opportunity to look at the plans and have their say.”