Energetic entrepreneurs are being sought to operate the Mountain Bike Hub and Café on the Glenlivet Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms.
Owners Crown Estate Scotland want a business partner with ideas to develop the venue near Tomintoul on the Glenlivet mountain bike trail .
The Glenlivet Hub and Café are in a contemporary timber building which can cater for up to 40 people and has a modern wood burning stove, indoor and outdoor seating, a spacious, well equipped kitchen and toilets, as well as parking for up to 30 cars, mini-buses and campervans.
The trail itself was created by renowned designer Paul Masson to suit riders of varying abilities.
Jamie Watson, of marketing agent Savills in Fochabers, said: “Set in some of the most breath-taking scenery in Scotland amongst incredible natural wildlife, this venture offers huge potential for those who are passionate about cycling, but crucially about developing a business in the great outdoors.
“Paul Masson’s reputation for exciting mountain biking creations generates hits to the existing website and a steady stream of visitors from all over the country and much further afield. The 40km track includes a mixture of red and blue downhill runs and uphill climbs, offering a range of options for visitors of all levels. A pump track was installed in 2017 and a new skills and coaching area has been created to attract the best in the industry to the area allowing development of local and visiting riders.
“In addition to the café there is also potential to develop ancillary businesses, as well as bike hire and maintenance for those who are suitably qualified. The café could also be marketed to walkers and local residents, and offers potential for other uses (for instance private functions such as children’s biking parties).
“Crown Estate Scotland are encouraging interested parties to come forward to Savills with creative ideas and, ultimately, business plans and proposals.”
Turnover for the existing operation averages between £70,000 – £80,000 per year, including café sales and car parking revenue.
Watson added: “Crown Estate is willing to consider business plan proposals involving flexible leasing arrangements and support while new business partners become established”.
Crown Estate Scotland has invested heavily in recreation and tourism facilities and services to ensure a sustainable future for the Estate, its tenants and its communities and has won awards for its integrated and sustainable management.
Watson said: “It is essential that the operation and development of the mountain bike business and ancillary services continue to follow Glenlivet’s ethos of being sustainable and sensitive to the environment.”
Andy Wells, head of property at Crown Estate Scotland said: “This site offers an exciting opportunity for someone keen to grow and develop a business in one of the most scenic locations in Scotland.
“The surrounding area is becoming increasingly popular as a mountain bike destination and already has a wide variety of well-known visitor attractions. We are seeking an enterprising business partner to work closely with us to help bring more visitors to the Glenlivet Estate and play a key role in the economic development of the area.”