• An outstanding licensed restaurant / cafe, superbly-presented and set within a stunning trading location on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland and North Coast 500 tourist route.
• Exceptional outlook with spectacular views across Loch Gairloch towards the Western Isles.
• Prominently situated in a highly desirable tourist destination, the restaurant is adjacent to a wide range of activities and tourist attractions.
• Substantial property with a 60-cover restaurant, 30 lounge seats and 40 external covers; beautifully appointed public and service areas with quality fixtures and fittings.
• Attractive outdoor spaces, external storage plus ample parking combine to make this a most desirable acquisition.
The Shieling Restaurant is a strikingly attractive modern building benefitting from an excellent trading location offering panoramic views across the bay towards the Western Isles. This licensed restaurant is set within some of the most striking scenery Scotland has to offer and is centrally located in the ever-popular village of Gairloch which draws in a constant stream of visitors during the main holiday season. A well-maintained building, constructed in 2004, The Sheiling is a genuine must-view property for anyone wishing to own a prestigious cafe / restaurant business venture in a charming West Coast location. The business is presented in walk-in condition and has been extensively maintained by the current owner in recent times with on-going significant upgrades to the kitchen, roofing and windows. The quality of fixtures and fittings reflect the modern demands of customers which is also mirrored in the intelligently provisioned service areas. The present owner takes great pride in presenting his charming and vibrant business to customers, ensuring they receive a particularly warm and friendly Highland welcome. The business benefits from a large dining room which comfortably seats around 60 covers plus a charming lounge area to seat c30 guests. Externally, there is bench seating which can accommodate a further 40 place settings. Customer bathrooms are modern with a baby-changing facility.
The behind-the-scenes service areas include a stunning compact and well-appointed commercial kitchen plus pot-wash area, as well as a food preparation area, an office, a chilled store room, a cellar and a walk-in freezer. There are separate staff washroom facilities. The spacious trading elements combined with modern service facilities present a stunning business opportunity, offering a true quality of life and employment platform.
The Shieling Restaurant is a well-established and long-standing licensed cafe / restaurant offering superlative views over the harbour. The business is popular with the local community as well as the transient tourist activity, achieving high levels of repeat trade. The premises are maintained to a high standard of presentation with no need for further significant capital expenditure. This outstanding business operation is being sold as a profitable turn-key operation. Offering an easy-to-operate model, the restaurant trades on a year-round basis generating a commendable level of turnover and producing a profitable return.
However, in recent years the businesses sole owner has restricted opening times due to health reasons; in essence reducing opening days to 5 each week (Tuesday to Saturday) and limiting opening times (10:30 am to 4:30 pm). There is undoubted demand for an evening meal dinner service, especially during the peak tourist season (Easter - September) and there is a requirement for early breakfast opening to service those in transit on the North Coast 500 and in non-serviced accommodation locally. Extending opening times and being available 7 days a week during peak trading periods would undoubtedly make this a highly profitable business venture.
Tourism is a main driver of trade on the West Coast and the North Coast 500 tourist route. The area draws in many visitors who undertake walking / climbing holidays, water sports, fishing, game sports or partake in a more leisurely excursion of the many sites of historical interest or just taking in the array of natural landscapes. Other visitors include ornithologists and naturalists who find an abundance of wildlife to keep them busy for an extended stay. The location and stature of the restaurant is such that it is easy to locate for those who have booked a table but also for the casual passer-by seeking refreshments. The business is well-signposted and has an excellent reputation locally and on the various review websites. In addition, footfall is driven by a number of local on-line marketing platforms and the businesses Facebook page effectively. The Shieling Restaurant does not currently utilise a business website to drive trade and this is an area where new proprietors could develop an on-line presence.
The business is operated by the sole owner who is the Chef with the support of a flexible team of part-time local staff. The standard operation requires around 5 additional staff per day.
Reason for sale
The current owner purchased The Shieling Restaurant in March 2008 and it is only due to health reasons and a desire to retire, after many years working at the helm of this successful business, that it is now presented to the market.
Gairloch is a well-known tourist destination in its own right with its unspoilt coastline and stunning views over to Skye. Its rugged shoreline and beautiful sandy beaches appeal to a wide range of tourists and sporting individuals. The idyllic setting of this popular coastal village is also a popular location to set up home with its small and vibrant community; its population sits at around 2300. Gairloch has a strong sense of community, with schools, golf course and community facilities. The restaurant overlooks the Bay and locally there is a wide range of small shops, art gallery, gift shops, hotels, B&Bs, self-catering units and visitor attractions. The North West Coast of Scotland attracts a large number of visitors to the area with its enchanting scenery and abundance of wildlife. The region has in recent times benefitted from the new North Coast 500 tourist route which is drawing in new visitors to the area. Many holiday makers take advantage of the challenging hill and loch walks in the region, others capitalise on the excellent river and sea fishing. The more sedate sightseer may visit the many places of historic and cultural interest. Many tourists undertaking a touring holiday of the West Coast often stay over in Gairloch for a few nights prior to heading north to Ullapool or south to the Torridon area. The Highland capital, Inverness, is 70 miles away which is served by an airport and a main-line railway station.
The Sheiling Restaurant is of modern construction dating from around 2004. The property is a substantial detached single storey unit, built under a pitched tiled roof. Set to a 'Y' configuration, intelligently maximising the utilisation of floor space whilst offering the best views possible, the restaurant was a purpose designed unit. This attractive property is deceptively spacious with a high standard of decor and fixtures and fittings, presenting the business in truly walk-in condition.
The main entrance is set to the seaward side of the building. The front aspects are laid to lawns with palm trees and a patio area with a stepped and ramp access. The entrance allows access into a porch which leads to the open-plan bar, lounge and dining areas. There is a secondary ramp access from the car park leading into the dining room.
Upon entry from the front, guests are presented with an attractive wooden bar with a service point to the left-hand side. Across the customer areas there is quality wooden flooring. Throughout the windows are double glazed with roller blinds, offering ample natural light and outstanding views. The walls are adorned with paintings from local artists who sell their works of art through the restaurant. The dining area to the left is set to free-standing tables and chairs to accommodate up to 60 covers. The tables are well-spaced to facilitate ease of service. To the right-hand side of the building there is an area set to soft furnishings and coffee tables which is popular with those guests looking for a snack lunch. The lounge can comfortably seat 30 customers. This area has undoubted potential for greater use either as a retail area or other uses. Subject to planning consents, the vendor believes this could be converted to private accommodation usage. There are two customer bathrooms; ladies and gents which are located either side of the bar.
The customer areas are well-supported by spacious service facilities. Accessed from immediately behind the bar, there is a bottle store and a chilled cellar / store room. Further along the corridor there is a food preparation and dry goods store to the left-hand side. A side access point to the left leads to a ramped entry point which is used for deliveries and staff access. Further along the corridor to the right is the well-appointed commercial kitchen and pot-wash area and to the left is an office and a staff washroom. A further access point is located to the very rear of the building, where access is gained to the walk-in freezer. All areas are well-appointed with good levels of service equipment. The kitchen has recently been upgraded and is fully capable of servicing a high level of demand for catering output.
Within the business there is no owner's accommodation but the vendor currently lives in a modern rented apartment conveniently situated within a property adjacent to the business. This attractive one-bedroom unit could be made available for lease upon sale of the Sheiling, as it is the vendors intention to relocate away from the area upon conclusion of the sale. The seller would be happy to make the necessary introductions to his landlord.
With excellent signage from the main road, The Shieling Restaurant is a substantial property which is easily located on the coast road and offers superlative seaward views. To the front aspects there is a lawned area set with palm trees. Additionally, there is a spacious patio space set to picnic benches, seating up to 40 covers, which takes advantage of the panoramic scenery. To the rear of the restaurant is a spacious car park which can comfortably cope with up to 20 cars plus there is additional parking to the side of the property. Within the rear aspects is a bulk lpg gas tank and a wooden shed for general storage.
The property benefits from mains electricity, water and drainage. Central heating is oil-fired with underfloor heating in the public areas. Lpg gas is used for cooking. The Shieling Restaurant is fully compliant with extant fire regulations and environmental health requirements. Within the business there is an extensive CCTV system and external lighting.