Am Bratach No. 328
February 2019

Museum bids to continue popular Bettyhill café

A popular eatery in Bettyhill may enter new ownership following the retirement of operators Bob and Lindsay Boyle later this month. Mr and Mrs Boyle have run the Café at Bettyhill on a lease basis since 2009, providing teas and light meals during the summer months and fish and chips at weekends over the winter. The building, a former police station, is currently owned by the Highland Council.

Now, the trustees of the Strathnaver Museum are hoping for a successful outcome to their bid to take on ownership of the building via an “asset transfer”. Under recent legislation, community groups are allowed to purchase buildings or areas of land in public ownership for a nominal fee, provided they can make a business case for doing so. The process is underpinned by the Scottish government’s commitment to extending the amount of property in “community” ownership.

Museum development manager Fiona MacKenzie said: “I can confirm that Strathnaver Museum has now submitted an application for a Community Asset Transfer to Highland Council of the Bettyhill Café and we are awaiting the outcome of this.”

Driving the bid is the wish to maintain much-used catering facilities in the neighbourhood of the museum. “Strathnaver Museum are keen to ensure that the vital services Bettyhill café provides to the community, our visitors and visitors to the wider area is maintained following Bob and Lindsay’s retiral,” Ms MacKenzie added. “The museum conducted a detailed community consultation exercise and have established extensive support for a community ownership enterprise.” 

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