By Scott Wright

THE chairman of Crerar Hotels has highlighted the firm's determination to make the most of Scotland’s natural assets, despite the pressures stemming from the pandemic, as it revealed plans to invest £3 million to revamp a hotel on the Isle of Mull.

Edinburgh-based Crerar said its investment in the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa at Craignure will create a four-star hotel on the Hebridean island. It is expected that the renovation, which will develop 72 luxury bedrooms and bathrooms at the hotel, will create 20 new full-time jobs, taking the total to 50.

Veteran hotelier Paddy Crerar said: “In Scotland we have the greatest natural assets in the world. We all have the opportunity to make the most of those assets regardless of the circumstances that challenge us.

“If there is good to come from the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s surely the lesson that we must take every chance to make the most of what we have on our doorstep. It makes us more determined than ever to press on with our plans, (and) committing £3m to Mull backs that ethos.”

Crerar said the hotel, one of the first to join its portfolio after it launched in 2005, will shortly go into “hibernation” to allow work to get under way this month, with the aim of re-opening in April.

The project has been part-funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and takes to nearly £12m the amount Crerar has invested in the last 20 months.

It will involve the addition of individually designed sea view suites, and the refurbishment of the hotel’s public areas, with a new restaurant and two bars being developed.