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Highland Coast Hotels acquires Tongue Hotel

Employees at Tongue Hotel will see wage increases, alongside additional training and development opportunities

Highland Coast Hotels has announced the acquisition of the Tongue Hotel, allowing the group to venture into the north of the Highlands, for an undisclosed sum.

The group is now planning a full refurbishment of all public areas of the hotel, including the Brass Tap Bar, as well as a light refurbishment of the bedrooms.

The Tongue Hotel is a former sporting lodge located within the village of Tongue on the far north coast, comprising 19 bedrooms.

The hotel overlooks the Kyle of Tongue, the Ben Loyal, and the Viking-built Castle Varrich in the foreground, and it was built in the mid-1800s when it was owned by the duke of Sutherland.

As a result of the acquisition, Highland Coast Hotels now has hotels right around the region and the North Coast 500.

Highland Coast has also recently been accredited as a Real Scottish Living Wage Employer, and employees at Tongue Hotel will see wage increases to reflect this, alongside additional training and development opportunities.

David and Lorraine Hook, departing owners of Tongue Hotel, said: “We have had a wonderful 15 years at The Tongue Hotel and are incredibly proud of everything we achieved, however it’s now time for us to pass the baton onto Highland Coast Hotels.

“Having worked closely with the team over the last year, we are sure that the group will only build on our successes and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for the hotel.”

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