THE famous Mishnish Hotel in Tobermory has been brought to market.

An institution on the Isle of Mull and only owned by two families since it opened in 1869, the hotel is for sale with Drysdale & Company, the specialist commercial agency for the hospitality sector.

The 12 bedroom hotel, known locally as The Mish, is the yellow (and part of the blue) building in the iconic set of three colourful structures that sit along the harbour front.

The seafront has become synonymous with the Scottish highlands and islands, featuring in numerous advertising campaigns, together with film and television programmes, including the children’s show Balamory.

The agent said that" as well as being complemented by its own successful and separate seafood restaurant, The Mish is also renowned for its traditional Mish Bar, which, with its real fire and many photographs and memorabilia of days past, oozes atmosphere".

Present owners of The Mishnish, Les and Meg Macleod, are selling the hotel, which they acquired in 2014, in order to retire.

Les Macleod said: “The Mishnish is really something special, it is so well known by sailors, musicians and rally drivers all over the country and beyond, with a vibrant reputation for live music acts.

"We fully upgraded the hotel when we became the owners, breathing new life into it, but making sure that we still maintained the traditional bar atmosphere for which it is known.

"We have a collection of old shipwreck memorabilia which visitors find fascinating, as well as memorabilia from around the town itself. So many places have been modernised and lost that special ambience which to us was very important in this island community, very much the heart and soul of The Mishnish.”

“Our Mishdish restaurant has a fine reputation for locally caught seafood which is another reason why tourists come to Mull.”

The Macleods also said that the hotel “offers bags of potential to a new owner who is buying a really iconic property", adding: “We know that it’s unlikely that another Macleod will become the owner of this property, which first opened its doors in 1869, but as long as it’s someone who has a passion for this very special part of Scotland, we will be happy.

“We are ready to retire and enjoy the next stage of our lives, having thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Mishnish.”

The Mishnish on Tobermory is for sale offers over £1.95 million. All bedrooms have been recently refurbished and are en-suite.

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