Former oil and gas executive to invest £1m in Stonehaven lodges

Bob and Kelly McAlpine
Bob and Kelly McAlpine

Work has started on a new lodge development overlooking Stonehaven Bay.

The Dalriada Luxury Lodges development comprises eight self-catering lodges, set above Stonehaven Golf Course and commanding a sweeping sea view across the bay to Dunnottar Castle.

Former oil and gas industry boss Bob McAlpine and his family believe they have recognised a gap in the market for five star self-catering accommodation in Aberdeenshire and set out to address it by pouring more than £1 million into the new venture.

The company’s vision is to create a high quality complex with state-of-the-art accommodation, impressive eco-credentials and an enviable location.

Mr McAlpine said: “We think there is demand for very high quality, self-catering accommodation in the north east of Scotland and the family will invest well over £1m to bring this development to life. Four full time jobs will be created in our company this year and more to follow next year. We will support local suppliers where ever possible and expect to bring visitors and tourists to the area who otherwise may have gone to alternative regions. We have received strong support and encouragement from a range of organisations but particularly Aberdeenshire Council and Visit Scotland.”

Each two bedroom, en-suite lodge will have a contemporary layout, designer kitchen, equipment locker, sedum roof and south-facing deck.

Alan Buchan Contractors, based at Brathens, near Banchory, aims to have the first phase of an eight-lodge project done by October. It is carrying out the work using kits supplied by Scotframe Timber Engineering, of Inverurie.

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