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Resort development

Scotland's natural beauty has strong appeal to guests who come back time and time again, making it an ideal place for resort development.

Easy access to Europe, North America and the rest of the UK means that it's possible to target a wide range of corporate and leisure markets from full-service deluxe resorts, through to the economy sectors. 

Scotland has also been at the forefront of vacation ownership with resorts that include the world famous Old Course Hotel, Gleneagles Hotel, Trump Turnberry and Cameron House at Loch Lomond.

Old course hotel St Andrews

A safe haven for investment

For millions of tourists each year, Scotland is a holiday destination which is second to none.

Every year, more and more people discover great places to stay, friendly people, inspiring scenery, superb food and drink, and a fascinating culture and history.

Scotland is one of the most connected countries in Europe. Our five main airports have more than 50 year-round international services, and over 70 links with international cities. 

Scotland’s airports have seen a dramatic increase in passenger traffic thanks to the introduction of more direct flights to Europe, America and the Middle East. Almost 22 million people travelled through Scotland’s busiest airports, Edinburgh and Glasgow, in 2016.

Balmoral clocktower Edinburgh

Current resort opportunities

We have access to a range of resort development opportunities, some of which are not available on the open market.

Whether you are a developer, investor or operator, contact us today to request further information.

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The Angus golf course development

The Angus

The Angus is set on the outskirts of Dundee with stunning views of Carnoustie, St Andrews Bay and the Tay Estuary. Wyndham is committed to supporting the project through the design phase and managing the launch of the resort on completion under its luxury Wyndham Grand brand. 

The Angus is a development opportunity for a 180 room, 5-star hotel with spa, 10 luxury four bedroom lodges, an 18-hole championship golf course, clubhouse, green keeping facilities and a golf academy with driving range. The landowner is flexible in considering various funding structures to facilitate the development of this site. 

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Kerswell estate

Kersewell Estate

Kersewell Estate is a major new leisure development of 500 acres, located south of Edinburgh and Glasgow in the town of Carnwath. 

The Kersewell development has plans to include an 18-hole golf course designed by Scottish two-time Major winner Sandy Lyle, a 200 bedroom hotel with spa, planned leisure and sports facilities. There are also plans to develop up to 750 lodges, apartments and country houses, and an equestrian centre. 

This large-scale development provides a range of key areas where investors and operators can benefit from the various opportunities that are available on this resort development.

Visit the Kersewell Estate website

Castle Stuart golf course

Castle Stuart

Castle Stuart Golf Links opened in 2009 and quickly established itself as one of the world’s top golf courses, hosting the Scottish Open in 2011, 2012, 2013 and again in 2016. 

The 425 acre site has detailed planning permission for a second links golf course, a par 3 short course, 60 bedroom golfer lodge hotel, and a large luxury hotel and spa. There are also plans to develop 148 lodges and apartments and other development opportunities. 

This development provides a unique opportunity to invest and become the latest partner in Castle Stuart LLP, as they aim to create one of the finest golf luxury golf resorts in the world.

Visit the Castle Stuart website

Delnies development site

Delnies

The Delnies site is a 1,576 acre development opportunity for residential and leisure accommodation. 

The proposed leisure-led tourism development forms part of Cawdor Estate, a historical setting with Cawdor Castle’s links to MacBeth. The estate is also in close proximity to the Moray Scotch Whisky Trail. 

Delnies is located in a beautiful and easily accessible part of the Highlands, only 20 minutes drive from Inverness. Plans are for a 120 bedroom hotel with conference and spa facilities, 18-hole links golf course, optional 9-hole course with golf academy and equestrian centre. 

Outline planning is in place and the landowner is open to joint venture opportunities with scope within the subject land to include for quality holiday lodges associated with the golf course and hotel.

Buchanan Castle golf club

Buchanan Estates

The estate has a broad base of land and property holdings in a spectacular setting within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. It includes the ruins of Buchanan Castle and Buchanan Castle Golf Course as well as a variety of farmland, woodland and moorland. 

The present estate has over 7,500 acres of farmland, with prime development opportunities existing across the area. This includes the management of Buchanan Castle golf course, to the possible redevelopment of Buchanan Castle itself and the surrounding property, to other country sports opportunities across the estate.

St Andrews Old Course

The Old Course Hotel

Located on the world’s most famous golf course, the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews is one of Scotland’s leading visitor attractions.

The resort regularly attracts recognition from the tourism industry, such as inclusion in Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘Platinum Circle’, an award for destinations which have made their gold list for five consecutive years.

General Manager, Daniel Pereira, said:

“The high quality of our offering has been recognised by the industry globally, benefiting not just the resort but also our many suppliers as well as the wider tourism market.”

Our support

Get in touch with our specialist team to explore any of the opportunities listed above in more detail.

In the last four years alone, we've supported companies to invest over £330 million in capital expenditure to build new hotels and resorts, and to refurbish existing buildings. 

These investments also introduced new business and leisure tourists to Scotland.

We can help you with:

  • Finding the right location – including sites and deals not available on the open market
  • Identifying partners, investors, developers and operators
  • Market intelligence and key performance statistics
  • Liaising with local authorities and Scotland’s government bodies to help project completion
  • An after-care package for inward investments to help business development, such as marketing support, market research, PR services, investment advice and specialised training

We connect you to the right people and resources to help your business thrive.


International Sector Head - Graeme White

We have offices in 20 countries, staffed by teams who can talk you through Scotland’s capabilities and the funding support that may be available to you.

Tell us a bit about your business and a specialist from your region or sector will get back to you.

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