Taigh Ailean Hotel is an attractive and traditional Hotel enjoying an elevated position overlooking Loch Harport and with breathtaking views to the Cuillin Mountains. With its delightful setting the business has a large footprint with external seating and barbecue areas. This pleasant property was originally built as a home by a settler named Alan MacLeod; ‘Taigh Ailean’ is Gaelic for “Alan’s House”. The building was then converted for use as a hotel and after a period of closure the current proprietor has started the process to restore the business and property as a destination venue. Today, the Taigh Ailean Hotel makes best use of its remote location offering an ‘Inn style’ operation with a highly personal service. The ever popular Isle of Skye is a tourism magnet and is generally assured of high levels of visitors during the main trading season which runs from Easter to October. Access to Skye and the Hotel itself was greatly improved when the Skye Bridge was opened, offering a direct mainland link by road. Whilst the Hotel continues to extend the same character and welcome today as it has done for decades, it has benefited from some upgrading by the present owner. Though a discerning new owner will see there are obvious avenues to continue the process of improving the level of provision, there is no doubt that the business can be operated immediately upon purchase. The combination of location, quality of the welcome and a good mix of facilities combine to form the sought-after, neat business that exists today.
The Hotel generates a growing turnover from year-round trading but with the bulk of business being generated in the main tourist season; Skye is an established centre for tourism and it majestic past will continue to draw in visitors from the world over. Income is derived from the three traditional income streams of wet sales, catering and accommodation. The attractive themed bar is the main focal point of the business with a wide range of drinks including single malts, minerals, spirits and draft beers. The bar also is the main venue for taking the fayre on offer with a menu of freshly prepared items utilizing fresh produce where possible. The bar is popular with a mix of clientele from year-round local trade, businessmen, and a healthy mix of tourists including walkers, climbers, fishermen and those enjoying water-sports such as kayaking, windsurfing and canoeing. The Hotel is building a fine reputation for its catering output; offering meals to residents and non-residents alike.
The village of Portnalong is a small village situated on north west of the Isle of Skye on the shore of Loch Harport. It is located 36 miles from the Skye Bridge, 11.5 miles from Sligachan and 21 miles from Portree; the Isles main centre of commerce. Portnalong is Gaelic for “harbour of the ships” and was founded by crofters from Lewis and Harris in 1921.
The main property built about one hundred years ago, is traditionally built of whitewashed stone under a pitched slate roof. The property today benefits from partial modern double glazing and gas fired central heating.
Open all year - hours according to license
Number of Employees:
Proprietors with part-time help
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LETTING BEDROOMS The main stairwell leads upstairs from the main corridor to five bedrooms; two of which are currently utilised by the proprietor for personal use. With the two rooms in the Croft Annex, this gives a total for 7 letting rooms with 5 being on suite. The two other rooms share a bathroom. One room in the croft Annex is configure to disabled use. The letting rooms are comfortable and have good basic facilities including tea/coffee making trays and colour televisions.
Owners’ accommodation is located on the ground floor and consists of a lounge and double bedroom.
The village of Portnalong is a small village situated on north west of the Isle of Skye on the shore of Loch Harport. It is located 36 miles from the Skye Bridge, 11.5 miles from Sligachan and 21 miles from Portree; the Isles main centre of commerce. Portnalong is Gaelic for “harbour of the ships” and was founded by crofters from Lewis and Harris in 1921. The village played an important role as a refueling point for allied shipping during world war and a training area for Norwegian resistance fighters. From the village and surrounding area there is a wide range of activities that can be undertaken such as golf, guided mountaineering and nature walks, fly fishing tuition to name but a few. Shops are located at Carbost only 3 miles away. DIRECTIONS
From the Skye Bridge take the main A87 towards Sligachan then onwards to Carbost thence to Portnalong. The Hotel enjoys a prominent roadside position overlooking the harbour below.
Capital Premium: £30,000. Rent: £27,500 pa with stepped ingoing rent £22,500 for year 1, and £25,000 year 2 reverting to £27,500 in year 3. Lease Duration: 12 years with option to purchase (Capital repayment if within 2 years).
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