Alan MacLaurin and Ghillian MacLaurin
Alan MacLaurin and Ghillian MacLaurin

Experienced hotelier returns from the Middle East and purchases Ullapool B&B

Harbour House in Ullapool has new owners having been purchased by long-term hotelier Alan MacLaurin and his wife Ghillian, thanks to a finance package from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Alan, who has previously managed well-known Perthshire Hotel, Dunblane Hydro and a host of high profile hotels and resorts across Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, has bought the 21-bedroom guest house with his wife, who also has experience in the hotel industry, after permanently relocating to Ullapool.

Located on the peninsula of the world famous North Coast 500 drive, the town of Ullapool is a popular tourist attraction and an important Scottish port.

Since buying the bed and breakfast, formerly known as Harbour Lights, Alan and Ghillian have extensively re-furbished the property, which is beautifully located on the shores of Loch Broom with stunning views across the water and surrounding mountains. The hotel’s team has also expanded with new jobs being created for the local community.

Alan said: “Purchasing Harbour House is an exciting step for us. We moved to Ullapool seeking a more relaxed lifestyle. It has given me the chance to take on something new, become self-employed and refurbish the bed and breakfast to a high standard and offer a luxury, high quality experience to our guests who are looking to explore the stunning countryside.

“We wouldn’t have been able to make this move without Royal Bank of Scotland. The bank was instrumental in helping us purchase and renovate the property and went above and beyond to support me – I can’t thank the team enough.”

Simon Dearing, Relationship Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “Since Alan and Ghillian have taken over Harbour House, the business has been highly successful and is continuing to go from strength to strength. Alan is a very experienced and dedicated hotelier and he and his wife will be an asset to the business. Royal Bank of Scotland is proud to have been able to support Alan and Ghillian. We wish them continued success.”

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