IT is one of Scotland’s oldest inns – much favoured by walkers on the West Highland Way – and the Kingshouse Hotel in the centre of Glencoe is preparing to reopen in February after a £12 million redevelopment.

The refurbishment of the 17th century inn will bring 54 new jobs to the area and is expected to deliver a significant boost to tourism all year round.

Sitting against a stunning backdrop of brooding mountains and outstanding natural beauty on Rannoch Moor, the Kingshouse is known to walkers and nature lovers around the world.

It will be managed by the successful Crieff Hydro family of hotels.

Stephen Leckie, its third generation family owner, said: “Our focus is to provide continuity for all the things which make Kingshouse unique, while ensuring its longevity for another century and more.

“Our aim is create a welcoming destination for all.

“By improving facilities for serious walkers as well as recreational tourists, we intend to transcend the seasons and make Kingshouse Hotel a destination for all year round, including hosting events and weddings amongst some of the most dramatic scenery in Scotland.”

The modern bunkhouse facility has been retained for those seeking basic overnight accommodation, and new opportunities to eat, drink and relax have been added.

The Climbers Bar has been renamed The Way Inn and retains its popular pub feel.

Craig Haddow, the new general manager at the Kingshouse, added: “While the revamp allows us to serve a broader audience and cater for longer stays than the old hotel, I can’t wait to welcome a new generation of walkers and travellers to its door, to fall in love with the place, the fabulous backdrop and the warmth of the hospitality that my team and I are committed to offering.”