A new Scottish Highlands-based hotel company has bought the Kylesku hotel in Sutherland, its first acquisition towards a collection of hotels along the North Coast 500, a 516-mile scenic route around the coast of Scotland.
The 25-bed hotel will retain its name and become part of the Highland Coast Hotels Collection. It was previously owned by Tanja Lister and Sonia Virechauveix for 12 years.
Highland Coast Hotels chief executive Roddy Watt said: "Our aim is to provide the finest hospitality experiences for those visiting the North Coast 500 and to become the leading group of independent-spirited hotels on the route, for those wishing to enjoy the finest, most comfortable and authentic experience in this spectacular landscape.
"We aim to support sustainable economic growth in local Highland communities, extending the traditional season and creating year-round employment. This will offer wider choices for tourists and other visitors to the region."
Lister added: "We are so pleased to be handing on the baton at Kylesku, and that our much-loved hotel is to become the first member of the Highland Coast Hotels Collection. The new group's forward-thinking culture and its focus on world-class hospitality and environmental sustainability has the potential to deliver so much for our local communities and the region.
"We could not be happier to be passing on our legacy to such a professional and culturally aligned group, and all of our team are looking forward hugely to expanding their horizons and building on the success we've enjoyed over the last decade of our stewardship of Kylesku hotel."