Iconic Landmark Bridges the Gap for Hospitality Buyers

by Melissa Clark

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Tigh an Truish BarBell Ingram’s Oban office has been appointed to sell one of Argyll’s most popular and historic hospitality businesses, famed for being located next to the iconic “Bridge over the Atlantic” on Seil in the West Highlands.

The Tigh an Truish Inn – which dates back to the 18th Century – offers a fully-fitted bar and restaurant with two self-catering holiday apartments and has come to market at offers over £375,000 after being run by the same family for the past 35 years.

The property is adjacent to the Clachan Bridge – built in the 1700s to connect the Scottish mainland ‘across the Atlantic’ to the island of Seil, near Oban, and attributed to Thomas Telford.

The business trades all year round and forms an important part of the local community as well as a first class refreshment destination for locals, tourists and visitors alike – with the restaurant and bar meals particularly busy during summer months.

The self-catering accommodation also enjoys good levels of occupancy throughout the main tourism season. However, the extensive grounds to the front and rear offer potential to create additional accommodation such as a bunkhouse or chalets.

 Gregor King, Consultant at Bell Ingram, said: “Opportunities to acquire such an established business in a proven location are rare indeed.  This is a hospitality business that enjoys great custom from its proximity to the “Bridge over the Atlantic”, a feature that has attracted tourists and locals alike to the premises for many years.

“The sale offers the opportunity to acquire a ‘walk-in’ hospitality business, but with significant scope to expand and further develop the commercial operation.”

The property comes to the market following a change in circumstances in the family which has successfully run the business for the past 35 years.

As well as the hospitality premises, the Grade C-listed Tigh an Truish Inn includes a commercial kitchen, wet and dry stores, an office, owner’s/staff accommodation and private car parking.

Set on 1.84 acres of land including a vegetable patch and poly-tunnel, the site also boasts a sheltered beer garden offering views towards Clachan Sound. The area is particularly popular with yachtsmen who take advantage of the sheltered waters and harbours and the natural anchorage over the hill in Puilldobhrain.

The bar itself has won several industry accolades including appearing in the Good Beer Guide and winning a number of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) awards including Best Pub of the Year (Argyll).

Currently there is an alcohol license and public house license with regular extensions and children’s certificate. All fixtures and current stock at valuation come with the sale.

For more information about the property and to organise an appointment to view please contact Gregor King on 01631 566 122 or email: gregor.king@bellingram.co.uk.

Established in 1899, Bell Ingram is a multi-disciplined firm of chartered surveyors, forestry managers,estate agents, architects, building surveyors and energy specialists. With more than 130 professional staff across 11 UK offices they provide local knowledge with national coverage.

Other properties on the market through Bell Ingram can be found at www.bellingram.co.uk

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