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New £10m hotel and shopping village to create 100 jobs

Built near the Tomatin junction on the A9, the destination is hoped to boost tourism.

Project: It is hoped the plans will boost tourism in the area.
Project: It is hoped the plans will boost tourism in the area. Tomatin Trading Company

Plans for a £10m hotel and retail village in the Highlands have been approved.

More than 100 new jobs will be created as part of the project, which will see a 99-bedroom hotel, farm shop and 200-seat restaurant built at the Tomatin junction on the A9.

The plans also include a drive-through bakery and food outlet, as well as four retail units and a fuel filling station.

Approved by Highland Council, it is hoped the project will provide an economic boost for the area and support tourism in the area.

Councillor Duncan Macpherson of Highland Council said: "The development at Tomatin is a welcome addition to the Highland hospitality offering and will create full-time, part-time and managerial jobs in both retail and hospitality.

"It will fit perfectly with the new dualling of the A9 from Perth to Inverness and be a welcome stop for travellers on the A9 going both north and south.

Ruaraidh MacNeil, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, added: "The approval of planning permission is a key milestone in the development of this important project.

"The proposal for Tomatin is well placed to deliver significant benefits for visitors and locals alike, while offering supply chain opportunities for local producers, particularly in the important food and drink sector. I wish them every success with this venture."

The site was historically occupied by the Freeburn Hotel, which was built in 1895 and was reportedly a stopping off point for Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The hotel ceased trading in the 1960s, later became a Little Chef and was eventually demolished in 2008.

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