Hotel marks decade of independence

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NOVEMBER 30 may have be St Andrew’s Day, but for the Kingsmills Hotel it was also independence day as the Inverness venue celebrated 10 years since it broke away from corporate ownership and regained its own local identity – and its name.

Opened as a hotel in 1946, the Kingsmills’ tradition of hospitality dates back much further, most famously to when poet Robert Burns was entertained by the building’s original owner Provost William Inglis in 1787.

After decades in private ownership, the Kingsmills was sold first to the Swallow Group and then to US-based Marriott Homes.

Despite the efforts of…