Tour route targeted

Highlands hotels acquired to focus on NC500 visitors

North Coast 500

Big attraction: North Coast 500 touring route

A group of hotels in the north of Scotland have been acquired by local business leaders with aim of building on the success of the North Coast 500 touring route.

They have formed Highland Coast Hotels which now owns Kylesku Hotel and Restaurant overlooking Loch Gleann Dubh; Newton Lodge, close to Loch Glencoul; The Royal Golf Hotel, Dornoch; and The Royal Marine Brora.

They will become part of The Highland Coast Hotels Collection, but each will retain its name and identity.

The company is chaired by David Whiteford, who lives locally and previously led the Northern Highland Initiative from 2009 to 2021.

An executive team is led by CEO, Roddy Watt, a specialist in the hospitality sector.


The new owners promise 100 jobs in the area and a commitment to sourcing supplies locally to sustain the economy.

Mr Whiteford said: “Together with my colleagues at Highland Coast Hotels, we are delighted to be building on the work of previous custodians of such fine, landmark hotel properties.

“With the aim of developing a collection of high-quality hotels on and around the increasingly popular and successful North Coast 500 touring route, these hotels represent a very exciting first step in building our portfolio. 

“We are very aware they are held in great affection by many regular guests, and this is a responsibility we take very seriously as we develop them for the good of the local communities, our employees, our suppliers and our stakeholders.”

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