Overscaig Hotel Lands A Whopper
5th April 2006
A RENOWNED North fishing hotel currently being restored to its former glory has landed a whopper of an idea to encourage guests to visit Central Sutherland.
The Overscaig House Hotel between Lairg and Scourie has installed computer technology that will allow fishermen to view maps or satellite views of available trout lochs, find out how to get to them, see images and fishing records for the best spots and read all the top tips on the recommended ways to fish them.
A grant from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise for half the cost of the project has allowed the hotel's proprietors Martin and Jan Fraser to develop a uniquely interactive website, utilising the skills of Highland web company Digital Routes.
The website details such things as the local walking conditions, sightings of local birdlife and fishing updates. A series of webcams will ultimately provide live pictures of Loch Shin, views of the hills and surrounding wildlife.
It's hoped the sophisticated equipment and the detailed website will establish the Overscaig site as a favourite source of information about Central Sutherland.
To ensure that the 21st century guest has everything to hand - even in such a remote location - a wireless network will allow the hotel's visitors to access their emails and carry out internet-based business or leisure activities.
Mr Fraser, who bought Overscaig House Hotel 18 months ago, said: "Already the website is encouraging people to come up for a visit and improving the hotel's image. As it develops we are sure it will continue to do so.
"It enables people to journey from the city to the wilderness equipped with all the information they need to make the most of their experience. Once here, they can enjoy a complete break in a remote Highland landscape, but if necessary, they can use technology to keep tabs on important developments."
CASE project officer Keith Muir added: "CASE is keen to support this exciting project which is breathing new life into the economically fragile area of central Sutherland. By making full use of modern technology, businesses throughout even the most remote areas can compete on level terms within the global market. We wish Martin and Jan every success with their venture."