Crieff Hydro extends Family of Hotels

Crieff Hydro, Scotland’s leading independent hospitality business, has announced the purchase of two popular hotels on the west coast of Scotland – the Isles of Glencoe Hotel and the Ballachulish Hotel.

Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels has managed these two hotels since 2014, having taken over after a number of unsuccessful management companies.  During these two years business has improved substantially, the number of employees has grown and the long term future of these hotels has now been secured.   Crieff Hydro worked with their banking partner Santander on financing this deal.

With 112 bedrooms between the two hotels, Crieff Hydro plan to continue investing in both hotels, starting this autumn with bedroom improvements.

Chief Executive, Stephen Leckie, explained the importance of securing these hotels;

“These two hotels complement the existing collection we own.  Their family-feel, great locations, access to beautiful scenery and warm homely feeling just make them a perfect fit.  We have proven so far that with local management and involving people who are passionate about Scotland in the business, they can be a great success.  We look forward to seeing these businesses continue to grow”

The 59 bedroom Isles of Glencoe Hotel was purpose built in the 1990’s on the shoreline of Loch Leven, sat on the edge of the village of Ballachulish.  With loch views from the restaurant and bar, and its own swimming pool, this hotel has been a popular destination for couples and families exploring the west coast.

The 53 bedroom Ballachulish Hotel is steeped in history, having been the crossing point of Loch Linnhe for centuries, first by ferry and more recently across the Ballachulish Bridge.  With a classical Victorian design, roaring fires and impressive views travelers have made the Ballachulish their base for over 100 years.

Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels now owns six hotels, two in Crieff; Crieff Hydro Hotel and Murraypark, two in Peebles; Peebles Hydro and The Park and now these two new additions.

Win an engagement photoshoot at Crieff Hydro Wedding Fair

With spring almost here and wedding season just around the corner, preparations are underway at Crieff Hydro for their annual spectacular Wedding Fair, taking place on Sunday 13th March, 2016 from 12 noon – 3pm. To celebrate another year of wedding day memory-making, the award-winning leisure resort is offering couples attending the Wedding Fair the chance to enter an exclusive photography competition to win a free engagement photoshoot with Jenni Browne Photography.

Crieff Hydro are asking brides and grooms-to-be to share photographs they take during the Wedding Fair on social media, and a winner will be chosen to receive the special prize. All couples will be supplied with lanyards containing the competition details when they register upon arrival.

This year’s Wedding Fair is set to showcase a range of outstanding local and regional wedding suppliers with over 30 exhibitors, from florists and photographers to pipers and make-up artists, on hand to meet couples and help them to create the most important day of their lives.

Exhibitors include piper Drew Sinclair, Celebration Station Cakes, Cranston Imagery, Enchanted Events, Apple Blossom Time, Love Vintage Campers, Simply Sweet and many more businesses from the local area and beyond. Thomas Cook will also be at the fair to help couples find their perfect honeymoon.

As well as a glass of fizz on arrival, there will be beauty tutorials, menu tasting, musicians and a live set from the popular function band, Pepperpots. There’ll also be an all-important ‘man-zone’ for the grooms to enjoy beer tasting, sporting challenges and browse more male-orentated suppliers, such as The Kilt Company and stag and hen party specialists, Action Glen. Couples will also be able to explore Crieff Hydro’s function spaces and enjoy a tour of the resort’s stunning 900 acre estate.

Crieff Hydro’s new Wedding Coordinator, Kathryn McLellan, commented:

“Weddings are such an exciting time for couples and there are so many options available to them and endless choices to make – this is where the fun begins! Our Wedding Fair gives you a head start as we bring all of Perthshire’s best wedding suppliers together under one roof and highlight everything that Crieff Hydro has to offer as a beautiful Scottish wedding venue.”

Kathryn continued:

“We can’t wait to see the entries to our exclusive photography competition, a fantastic opportunity for couples to win an extra special engagement photoshoot. Any kind of pre-wedding photoshoot can be invaluable as a practice run ahead of the big day, so we hope to see lots of photos taken during the Wedding Fair.”

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