25-05-10 Whatever Happened To...
...The Garbet Hotel?

[The Garbet Hotel, Kinlochbervie]
[The Garbet Hotel, Kinlochbervie]
Visitors and residents alike will be familiar with the Kinlochbervie Hotel that stands on the hillside overlooking Loch Clash but prior to this there was another hotel on the same spot and which is remembered in the name of the current hotel's bar: The Garbet.

As this old advertisment from the County of Sutherland - Official Guide (printed in 1960) shows, the Garbet Hotel was making good on its location and access to game fishing.

That was all to come to an end, however, when in 1964 a fire broke out that entirely consumed the hotel.

This photo was taken by a guest staying in the hotel on that night and was recently presented to the Kinlochbervie Hotel:
[Garbet Hotel Fire, 1964, Kinlochbervie]
The hotel was a total loss but within two years the present hotel had risen, Phoenix-like from the ashes, and was once again open for business.

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