The Hotel History
The hotel was built as a fishing inn for the Cromarty Estates
In 1969, The hotel was bought by Robert Irvine who expanded the accommodation and branched out into smoking his own fish; This was spun off as a separate business known as The Smokehouse. Robert also built the Hydroponicum to grow vegetables, herbs and soft fruit using hydroponics – no soil, just water. This was a an ingenious solution to the challenge of supplying fresh produce in a remote part of the world.
In 1986, The hotel was bought by Mark and Gerry Irvine. They greatly expanded the business, won multiple awards for the improved accommodation and service, and gained a Michelin Star for the restaurant food in 1998. This was retained for an amazing 13 years.
From 2008 until 2017, the hotel was owned by Terry Mackay who “retired” from a successful career in IT to run The Summer Isles Hotel and two other quality Scottish hotels.
In November 2017, Simon and Dido Cotton purchased the hotel. They live in Northamptonshire but have strong family ties to Achilitibuie and Polbain. As a young man, Dido’s Father built a cottage on the rocks overlooking the Summer Isles. The whole family have been regular visitors ever since.
Simon and Dido are committed to make the most of the fabulous location of the hotel and the stunning local ingredients which are heavily influenced by the coastal surroundings. Their priority is to create a welcoming and informal atmosphere for all and a strong relationship with the whole of the surrounding community.
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