TWO LANDMARK hotels in the Highlands are being revamped in a £1.8 million makeover by Highland Coast Hotels.

The Tongue Hotel on the North Coast 500 and Plockton Inn in Wester Ross will reopen to visitors from April following an extensive, three-month refurbishment supported by Highland-based Rona Douglas Interiors.

Both historic venues’ contemporary new look is inspired by their locations in areas of outstanding natural beauty. Tongue enjoys stunning views over the Kyle of Tongue, Ben Loyal and Ben Hope while the village of Plockton is affectionately known as the “Jewel of the Highlands”  and sits on a sheltered bay overlooking Loch Carron.

Tongue Hotel, a former 19th century sporting lodge, will offer 19 individually-styled guest rooms and a newly-refurbished restaurant and bar, while retaining its historic charm, including original wood panelling, antique furnishings and cosy open fires. Local artwork by Rona Kant and Katherine Sutherland, and black and white photography of the local landscape by renowned photographer Glyn Slatterly, also feature. Beds are handcrafted by Inverness-based Highland Blind Craft Beds while the contemporary tartan throws are made with natural and sustainable materials by ethical Scottish firm, The Tartan Blanket Company.

At the Plockton Inn, the 14 bedrooms are reduced to 12 to allow for larger en-suite bathrooms for selected rooms. The makeover also includes Sorley’s House in the building opposite, which takes its name from the famous Scottish poet, Sorley MacLean, who lived on the site for several years.

Highland Coast Hotels’ chairman, David Whiteford, said: “We’re really excited to be welcoming the iconic Tongue Hotel and Plockton Inn to the Highland Coast Hotels collection this spring. “We’ve invested a significant amount of time, money, care and attention to detail to give both venues a sympathetic and contemporary makeover. As with all our venues, the focus is also on creating environmentally-friendly hotels and supporting local communities, suppliers, producers, designers and artists.”

Since 2021, Highland Coast Hotels has acquired another four of the region’s landmark hotels, including the award-winning Kylesku Hotel, overlooking the Loch Gleann Dubh in the far West Highlands; Newton Lodge overlooking Loch Glencoul; Royal Golf Hotel in Dornoch, which is positioned on the first tee of one of the top four most revered links golf courses in the world; as well as the Royal Marine Hotel in Brora, which is situated close to popular golf courses, stunning beaches and world-renowned distilleries.