• Popular Highland destination bar and restaurant in a spectacular, prime loch-side location offering outstanding views and close to the famous Eilean Donan Castle.
• Historically successful business generating a strong profitability from a seasonal operation with scope for year-round trade in the ever-popular village of Dornie.
• Within a picturesque village setting capitalising on buoyant tourist trade and local demand, trading wet sales and quality food.
• Attractive and spacious customer areas to seat around 44 covers internally and 24 externally.
• Exciting opportunity for first-time tenants offering an exceptional business platform.DESCRIPTION
The Clachan is a beautifully presented traditional and easily managed Highland pub and restaurant overlooking Loch Long. The business has traded profitably, enjoying a seasonal operation to suit the personal preferences of the owners. This popular restaurant and bar, historically drives significant levels of income from the large numbers of tourists who visit the area plus solid local support. There is some capacity to operate during winter months, generating trade from this thriving Highland community and surrounding areas. From its central trading location in the popular village of Dornie, the business benefits from the proximity of Eilean Donan Castle and being situated just off the road to Skye. The pub and restaurant have been transformed under the present ownership, having invested in both the physical aspects of the business and, importantly, the trading elements of the establishment which now offers a venue with a traditional ambience. This is a stunning small business which would ideally suit new to market operators or a first-time venture for experienced operators wishing to become self-employed.TRADE
Though The Clachan is not trading at present, this is a sustainable business exhibiting a positive level of income and sound profitability over recent years. The business platform generates income from 44 internal covers plus 24 external seats. In addition, the bar has 7 stools for those just wanting a casual drink. The Clachan generates its turnover from good levels of wet and food sales. The business in recent years traded from April to October and is popular with tourists and the local population alike. The business however is currently closed due to the Covid-19 crisis but with every intention of reopening in 2021. There is scope to trade year-round where new owners wished to drive greater turnover and thus profitability. Though a small venue, The Clachan is known for its music nights and traditional pub ambience plus excellent food. The business has a strong reputation which is reflected on review websites such as TripAdvisor. There is a number of bed and breakfast and self-catering businesses locally which draw in trade. The Clachan has its own website presence and is on Facebook.STAFF
The business was owner operated with the support of a small team of local casual staff.LOCATION
The village of Dornie is situated close to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge (both approx. 9 miles) and Plockton (11 miles). Kyle has an excellent range of shops, catering establishments, facilities for visitors and services for the local population. The area is renowned as a tourist destination and is widely recognised as one of the most attractive holiday venues in the UK. The Clachan is set in one of the most stunning, rugged and un-spoilt areas of the North West Highlands of Scotland. Located close to the Isle of Skye and the mountains in the Kintail and dramatic Glen Shiel regions; 14 of which are Munros.
Dornie is surrounded by some of the most magnificent scenery found anywhere in the Highlands and with the area reading like a Who's Who of famous and magical places, there's little wonder that outdoor enthusiasts flock to this area from all over the world. The nearby Falls of Glomach are one of the highest and probably the most dramatic waterfalls in Britain at 370 feet high. There is diverse wildlife to be readily seen in the area, including wild deer, pine marten, buzzard, porpoise, the elusive otter and even the magnificent golden eagle.
Within the village of Dornie is the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic images of Scotland and recognised all over the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, surrounded by majestic scenery, it is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands. Initially inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid-13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail.
The area draws in both the outdoor enthusiast and the romantic explorer. Many visitors come to view the extraordinary wildlife, some to trace their ancestors. Most enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. An array of activities including sailing, water sports, coastal cruising and fishing are all available in the region. Field sports and mountain biking are other popular pursuits and swell the number in the area during the busy summer season driving strong hospitality trade for the area.REASON FOR SALE
The vendors purchased the Clachan in 2004 and have enjoyed their time at the helm of this popular village pub and restaurant. However, it is due to their wish to rationalise their business interests and focus on their young family which has led to their decision to place this thriving lifestyle business to the leasehold market.THE PROPERTY
The Clachan is a substantial property of traditional stone construction under a pitched slate roof dating from the late 1800's with a more recent flat roof extension. The original building has accommodation arranged over two floors, with the flat roof area set to the ground floor only, and is presented to a high standard of decorative order. The main entrance opens directly into the spacious 'L' shaped open-plan restaurant / bar set with an attractive wooden bar. The traditional bar servery features as a strong focal point with spaciously set out free-standing dining tables and chairs. To the front aspects the windows have lovely loch views. The rear elements of this area are 6 tables to seat 22 covers and there are 7 stools situated around the bar. The front customer area is normally set to 22 covers also and benefits from two picture windows offering superlative views. This charming dining area is complete with wooden floor and a wood-burning stove. There are well-appointed ladies and gents' washrooms off the dining area. There is also external seating for 24 covers on the decking area to the front of the building, which proves exceptionally popular during warm spring nights and the summer season.SERVICE AREAS
To the side of the building is a beer cellar with a street level access facilitating ease of delivery. The cellar has a python cooler and is well-presented. Set to the first floor, there is a good-sized and well-equipped commercial kitchen with an adjoining wash-up area. The kitchen is well-appointed with modern appliances and has excellent extraction units. There is ample fridge and freezer capacity and storage space for dry goods etc. There is also a compact staff room with a shower on the first floor.OWNERS ACCOMMODATION
There is no owner's accommodation with this property but there is a staff room with a shower.EXTERNAL
The Clachan is a substantial property enjoying loch views and a prime site centrally situated in the village of Dornie. There is external seating to accommodate up to 24 guests set on an area of decking to the front of the premises. Ample free public parking is available locally.SERVICES
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. The heating throughout is electric and supplemented with a wood-burning stove. LPG gas is used for cooking. Wi-Fi is available in all areas. The property is mainly double glazed. The business is fully fire compliant and meets environmental health standards. The business has a CCTV system which assist with customer management.LEASE HEADS OF TERMS
Rent: £21,000 p.a.
Ingoing Premium: £30,000
Rent Payments: Quarterly in advance
Rent Reviews: Every three years in line with RPI
Lease Duration: 12 Years
Lease Type: Full Repairing and Insuring; lessee bears the cost of Insurance
Key Entry Details: Condition survey undertaken at shared costs
Stock at cost: Stock at Cost
Entry Date: As agreed
TUPE: No Staff to transfer under TUPE regulations