A derelict Inverness care home could be transformed into holiday apartments in an effort to meet growing demand for visitor accommodation.
Clachnaharry House closed in 2013 after significant concerns were flagged regarding the level of care being offered to vulnerable residents.
Now, there are plans to breathe new life into the vacant two-storey facility by converting the building into 31 self-catering holiday apartments.
Each self-contained unit will comprise a double bedroom with en suite facilities alongside an adjoining lounge and kitchen area.
The Henderson Group has brought forward the application in an effort to meet growing demand for accommodation as thousands of visitors flock to the North Coast 500 tourist trail each year.
Owner Ian Henderson said: “The proposed change of use will bring an otherwise vacant property back into a use which, as holiday accommodation, meets the increasing demand within the Highlands for short term accommodation.
“The demand for tourist accommodation, particularly to serve tourists heading north, is well documented.
“Demand for self-catering facilities is also increasing as the first choice of preference by many tourists, and the property benefits from being in a good location for easy access by public transport.”
He added: “This proposal will make a positive contribution to not only the area in general but also the vitality of the local economy.”
The developers have pledged to maintain the existing layout of the care home, by altering and increasing the size of the rooms formerly used by residents.
Further facilities on the site would include a reception and office area located at the main entrance as well as a small vending area for drinks, snacks and laundry.
On the grounds, 16 car parking spaces would be provided for guests as well as two disabled bays and a secure stand for six bicycles.
A full planning application has now been lodged with Highland Council.
Inverness West councillor Alex Graham said: “There is a strong demand for good quality holiday accommodation in the Inverness area.
“Provided the holiday accommodation is of a good standard and well-managed, then it would be an asset to the local economy.
“I do have some concerns about traffic, as the development would result in more vehicles joining and leaving the busy A862 Inverness to Beauly road on Clachnaharry Road.”