A HISTORIC Scottish island hotel dating back to the 18th century has been put up for sale.

Property agents CBRE has been instructed to handle the sale of a four-star, 21-room hotel and additional self-catering property in Arran, The Herald reports.

Both the Douglas Hotel and the Shorehouse overlook Brodick Bay and enjoy views of the Firth of Clyde.

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With a population of around 5000, the island has around 400,000 visitors every year.

The agent said: “The hotel was purchased in 2008 by the current owner, who invested £8 million refurbishing the hotel to a hugely impressive standard, beyond what is normally experienced on the Scottish islands.

“The result is a visually impressive red sandstone hotel situated on a prime 1.8-acre site on the seat front at Brodick, widely acknowledged as the capital of the Isle of Arran.

“The high standard of the hotel has been subsequently recognised with the hotel being voted the Scottish Boutique Hotel of the Year in 2020, whilst it regularly receives five-star reviews on all large booking and travel sites.”

The agent noted that it has a 50-cover restaurant, a 60-seat bar and large outdoor terrace that accounts for more than 60% of turnover.

The National: The hotel dates back to the 18th century

The opportunity also includes the Shorehouse – a 13-bedroom self-catering property “suitable for the more budget-conscious traveller, also available via separate negotiation”.

CBRE also noted that the original building was constructed in 1782, providing accommodation for acquaintances of the Duke of Hamilton before being converted to a hotel in 1852.

It also served as the base for prospective submarine commanding officers while completing their training on the Royal Navy’s “Perisher Course”.