Highlands & Islands

Investors sought for hotel near Ben Nevis

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Image caption Concept art of the planned hotel

Investors are to be sought for a new five-star luxury hotel planned for a site near Ben Nevis.

The 80-bed hotel forms part of a masterplan setting out how an area around Leanachan Forest in Lochaber could be developed.

The blueprint produced by Forest Enterprise Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) was approved by Highland councillors last year.

Work has started on a financial model and business plan to attract investors.

'Step forward'

Lodges and an area for cabins, yurts, bunkhouse or camping pods could also be created as part of the proposals.

Leanachan Forest lies between Spean Bridge and Fort William.

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Image caption Cabins might also be built in the area

Scott Dingwall, HIE's head of regional development for Lochaber Skye and Wester Ross, said: "Tourism is one of our priority growth sectors in the region.

"The masterplan opens up huge potential to attract investment which could in turn attract more visitors and boost the Lochaber economy.

"Making available financial modelling and a viable business plan is crucial in attracting developers so we are delighted to see the project take this important step forward."

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