Kingsmills Hotel Group has opened the £7m, 47-bedroom Ness Walk hotel in Inverness, creating 65 new jobs in the city following a year of construction on the site.
Ness Walk offers two suites; the other 45 rooms have been inspired by the hotel’s surrounding forests and either have a private terrace or direct access to a courtyard.
The hotel is also home to the 80-cover Torrish restaurant headed by chef Craig Douglas, and a glass-walled private event space available to hire for groups of up to 200.
Barclays provided £4.5m towards the total cost of the development. Since 2012, Barclays has provided Kingsmills Hotel Group with £20m of funding, having also provided financing for the nearby Kingsmills hotel to extend its conference facilities and increase to 147 bedrooms.
Tony Story, chief executive of Kingsmills Hotel Group, said: “This venue will continue our commitment to delivering the highest levels of service in the best of surroundings and locations. Our adherence to those values has been instrumental in the success and growth of our business.”
Gordon McKean, relationship director, Barclays Corporate Banking, who led the deal, said: “We are pleased to again be playing our part in supporting Kingsmills Hotel Group to further expansion… Tourism continues to be very strong in Scotland and we are pleased to be supporting hospitality and leisure businesses to capitalise on that and realise their growth ambitions.”