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Blow for Pitlochry as hotel in large Victorian building closes for good due to coronavirus

The Pitlochry Hydro Hotel.
The Pitlochry Hydro Hotel.

A hotel in a large Pitlochry building dating from the Victorian times is to close permanently due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pitlochry Hydro is one of six hotels in Scotland that will not reopen post-lockdown after its owner, the Specialist Leisure Group, fell into administration.

Other casualties in the Highlands include the Caledonian Hotel in Fort William, the Bay Great Western Hotel in Oban and the Bay Highland Hotel in Strathpeffer.

Across the UK, some 2,500 people will be made redundant as a result of the demise of the Wigan-based firm.

A statement from the Specialist Leisure Group said: “All tours, cruises, holidays and hotel breaks booked with the Specialist Leisure Group have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

Bay Great Western in Oban

“The Specialist Leisure Group operated several businesses that sold holidays and other travel arrangements under the following brand names, which have all ceased to trade, due to the impact of Covid-19:

·       This is Shearings

·       National Holidays

·       ukbreakaways.com

·       Bay Hotels

·       Coast & Country Hotels

·       Country Lives Hotels

·       Caledonian Travel

·       Wallace Arnold Travel

·       Sportingbreaks.com

“All hotels trading as Bay Hotels, Coast & Country Hotels and Country Living Hotels will not reopen.”

The news comes after the owners of multiple Highland hotels collapsed into administration.

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