Seven Scottish hotels cease trading as major UK travel firm enters administration 'due to Covid-19'

Around 2,500 jobs are thought to have been lost

Seven Scottish hotels have ceased trading after a major UK travel firm entered into administration “due to the impact of Covid-19”.

The Bay Highland Hotel in Strathpeffer, Bay Great Western Hotel in Oban, Bay Tarbet Hotel at Loch Lomond, Bay Caledonian Hotel in Fort William, Bay Waverley Castle Hotel in Melrose, Pitlochry Hydro Hotel in Perthshire

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and Portpatrick Hotel in Dumfries and Galloway have all ceased trading following the collapse of Specialist Leisure Group.

Seven Scottish hotels cease trading as major UK travel firm enters administration 'due to Covid-19'

A statement published by joint administrators outlines that the group, which included the likes of Shearings, Caledonian Travel and Wallace Arnold, says that “all tours, cruises, holidays and hotel breaks booked with the Specialist Leisure Group have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.”

Around 2,500 jobs are thought to have been lost and 64,000 booking cancelled following the announcement.

The statement goes on to say that all brand names have ceased to trade “due to the impact of Covid-19”

The Scotsman reported recently how national tourism agency VisitScotland is drawing up plans to “build national pride” by encouraging Scots to rediscover their own country as lockdown restrictions are gradually eased over the next few months.

However it is unlikely that people living outwith Scotland will be encouraged to book a holiday until the autumn under the government body’s current plans.

For more information on refunds, visit the company’s statement here.

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