Harris, Western Isles, Scotland
£270,000 (Inc. furniture and fixtures)
Available on request
Who’s it good for?
Someone who’s looking to trade in the rat race for the country life
Growing interest in intrepid travel and wild camping in Scotland is driving the industry, making it an increasingly attractive industry for investors (the ever-popular glamping phenomenon doesn’t seem to be phasing out either).
Set in a stunning location on the east coast of the Isle of Harris, this thriving seasonal (April – October) tourist business has plenty of room for growth and further potential.
But don’t let the remote surroundings put you off, it’s the stunning shores, rugged landscapes and untamed wildlife that have made the isle one of Scotland’s most exclusive tourist destinations. But not to worry, the business is officially signposted from the ferry terminal so that it’s easy for tourists to find.
This successful and esteemed campsite has accolades from Camping Scotland, 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, 4 Stars from the Scottish Tourist board and features on the Lonely Planet site.
Unlike many campsites, this business can easily be run by two people and you needn’t worry about competition because it’s one of only two campsites on the entire island!
This rare business opportunity is currently producing a healthy turnover, and with some investment and expansion, new owners could potentially see the turnover double.
Currently, the business includes: a two double bedroom croft house, which is currently an ongoing renovation project, an early 19th century blackhouse which currently serves as the communal space for the customers, two byers converted into shower and WC blocks, hard standing with four electricity hook ups, two seasonal yurts with decking, wood burning stoves and sofa beds, 15 camping pitches. There is also planning permission granted for the car park. However, it is out of date so, the new owners would have to re-establish it.
The business is also on a croft for a meagre £6 rent per year, but the house is on decrofted land so, a mortgage can be obtained on it.
The Outer Hebrides are a haven for wildlife, with plentiful sightings of otters, seals, whales and dolphins. Situated in an idyllic setting beside a loch, new owners could diversify their offering and capitalise on the local surroundings with opportunities for outdoor activities such as fishing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking and mountain biking.
With a genuine reason for the sale, after ten years, the current owners feel that the business is ready for someone else to take it to the next level. Could that someone, be you?
Still not sold? Take a look at this amazing drone video!
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