WHEN Niall Munro decided he wanted a mural for the outside of his new coffee shop on the Isle of Skye, he didn't have to look too far for an artist.

Before his father Donnie achieved world-wide fame with the band Runrig, he was an art teacher, graduating from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen.

The 31-year-old took the ambitious decision to open an new coffee shop - Birch - in Portree last year and is anticipating a busy Summer as travel restrictions are eased.

He said some self-catering providers are almost entirely booked up from May.

His famous father chose one of Skye's most recognisable landmarks - and one of the world's most photographed - for the 40m mural.

Part of the Trotternish ridge in the north of the island, The Storr was created by a massive ancient landslide and its pinnacle, the ‘Old Man’ can be seen for miles around.

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Working from photographic images of the changing seasons taken over the last six months, he opted for a winter scene, with ominous shades of green, black and blue to represent the dramatic landscape.

"It was an idea that I had last year," said Mr Munro.

"The wall opposite Birch wasn't in the best state and I just thought a mural would be a really nice thing to have.

"The obvious choice was my dad - he was an art teacher before the music thing kicked off.

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"I mentioned it to dad and he was kind of thinking what could potentially work well there and a landscape image of the Storr was an obvious one. Urban graffiti which might be a bit more jarring in Portree and we wanted something to suit the village and came up with the idea of a linear image of the Storr.

"It's such a nice thing to have and will be a great talking point as well."

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Mr Munro decided to open the business last year after spending time in Melbourne, where his sister Sarah-Anne lives and taking inspiration from the city's speciality coffee culture.

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"We had a busy spell from June to October , which was great and then the second lockdown gave us a bit of time to focus on creating a roastery, so that's been a bit of a blessing in disguise because in a normal busy season in Skye, the time just flies away."

The hospitality trade runs in the family, his brother Callum owns the restaurant Scorrybreac , above the harbour in Portree, which was initially launched as a pop-up at their parent's house. The brothers are preparing for a busy season.

"Speaking to people with self-catering places on Skye, they are saying they are pretty much booked up from May so that's a great sign.

"It will very much be about domestic tourism this year but I think Skye is still very much a top destination for tourists."