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One of the holiday properties on the island.
One of the holiday properties on the island.

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Gigha is looking for someone to run its holiday cottages.

The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust is the community organisation that manages the assets of the island on behalf of the community and now it is seeking a new operator for the well-established and profitable holiday cottage business on the island.

There are five holiday cottages available for lease, giving someone the opportunity to develop the business, support tourism on the beautiful west coast of Scotland, be part of the island community and, most importantly, be their own boss.

The cottages have been in community ownership since the buy-out in 2002. The trust and its subsidiary company own a range of strategic tourism assets across the island, including the Boathouse Restaurant, Gigha Hotel, Achamore Gardens, the pontoon and moorings, and an activity centre.

In addition, funding has been secured for a camp and motorhome site which is currently being developed.

The trust therefore is keen to find an operator who can work with existing tourism businesses and the trust to develop Gigha as a visitor destination.

The decision to offer the opportunity to lease the business privately is in line with the trust’s plans which support the development of private business and increasing the sustainable population of the island.

Ian Wilson, who is chairman of the trust, said: ‘This opportunity to manage and develop the holiday cottage business is a great chance for someone to work with the existing businesses on Gigha and the trust to increase visitor numbers and make sure everyone has a great time when they come to Gigha. The cottages are all in very good condition, in great locations and offer a steady and growing income.

‘Hopefully, it will be interesting to someone who wants to become their own boss and manage and develop a profitable and successful business in partnership with the trust. We are really keen to support small businesses to grow and develop on Gigha, and this is a great opportunity to do that.’

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