One of Scotland’s most picturesque hotels has tripled in size after a £1 million funding support package from Bank of Scotland.
The Bridge of Orchy hotel, situated close to the West Highland Way in Argyll, has been redeveloped to add an additional 23 bedrooms to meet visitor demand at its stunning tourist friendly location.
The four star hotel, previously offered 10 high standard bedrooms and an adjacent bunkhouse, which provided additional budget accommodation.
Of the new bedrooms, 21 have been built in a courtyard extension to high-spec in the form of highly engineered units clad in Scottish larch and steel. These units occupy the space of the former old bunkhouse. In addition, two large suites have been created through the conversion of an adjacent building.
A wide selection of Scottish art will also be displayed throughout the hotel, with different pieces in each room.
The Bank of Scotland provided £1 million in term loan and overdraft facilities in order to help fund the project which totalled £1.5 million.
The Bridge of Orchy Hotel has been owned by Donald MacDonald and Sandy Orr since around 1990 and is managed by Andrew McKnight and Nadia Reis. The hotel employs 12 permanent members of staff, with seasonal cover as required in summer months.
Andrew McKnight, managing director, commented: “As a company we have always had a soft spot for the Bridge of Orchy Hotel. It’s a very relaxed hotel, offering really good food and friendly service. We wanted to make sure the hotel not only maintained its standard of accommodation but actually brought facilities up a notch without changing the feel. It has been a substantial investment and a big job, but we’re really pleased with the finished result.
“The additional rooms mean we’re now able to welcome and accommodate discerning international travellers, which will make a substantial difference to the business.”
Ian Craig, relationship manager at the Bank of Scotland commented: “The Bridge of Orchy hotel is perfectly situated within a picturesque landscape, on the edge of the West Highland Way and within a short distance of the train station, where the London sleeper train stops.
“The hotel has a great reputation with strong customer advocacy demonstrated through great Tripadvisor reviews and by frequent return visits. With a greater capacity of high standard accommodation, we’re sure this much loved hotel will continue to thrive.
“This substantial funding package again underlines Bank of Scotland’s continued support for Scotland’s vital tourist industry.”