CGI images of Highland Coast Hotels makeover

The Tongue Hotel and Plockton Inn unveil makeover plans

Highland Coast Hotels has unveiled plans for a £1.8 million makeover of two iconic venues in the North Scottish Highlands. 

Tongue Hotel, on the world-famous North Coast 500, and Plockton Inn, in Wester Ross, will re-open to visitors in early April 2023.

Tongue Hotel, which is a former 19th century sporting lodge, will offer 19 individually-styled guest rooms and a newly refurbished restaurant and bar. 

The new ‘Deluxe Feature’ bedroom at Tongue Hotel has a sumptuous and decadent feel, complete with free-standing roll top bath, rich and textured soft furnishings, and an open fireplace. 

Tongue Hotel’s new 40-cover destination restaurant ‘Varrich’, takes inspiration from the remains of the Viking Castle Varrich on the headland opposite. The hotel will also benefit from a new protected decking area for al fresco dining for up to 30 guests.  The popular Brass Tap Bar will also benefit from an extensive makeover.

Plockton Inn will see the 14 bedrooms reduced to 12 to allow for larger en-suite bathrooms for selected rooms.  

The new 80-cover restaurant, dining areas and bar at Plockton Inn will retain the existing period features.

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