Major investment to be made in Highlands Hotel in Glenties

Major investment to be made in Highlands Hotel in Glenties

One of Donegal’s best known hotels is to benefit from a major investment by a Canadian businessman.

The Highlands Hotel in Glenties has received investment from David Harvey who is based in Ontario.

The investment will see the hotel undergo a refurbishment, but management will remain with the Boyle family, who have owned the hotel since 1948.

Johnny Boyle, who has owned and run the hotel along with his wife Christine for over 40 years, said that while there has been a change in the structure of the ownership, the family will still be running the hotel on a day to day basis.

He said the hotel has been enjoying a very successful few years, but the approach from Mr Harvey will secure its future and see the investment it needs. 

“This is a major investment which will ensure the future of the hotel,” he said.

“It is a big part of life in Glenties. It is almost like a community centre. Community meetings are held here and the community gathers here after local funerals. 

“We will still be involved. Our daughters Sinead and Catherine are the main managers and Grainne and Aileen are also involved.”

The hotel also acts as a focal point for the arts in the area.

Fiddle classes are held there every week and it hosts the Annual Glenties Fiddle weekend.

The hotel is closely associated with the MacGill Summer School, named after local writer Patrick MacGill, and has played host to the school for 36 years. Local art is exhibited there including many works by Mr Boyle himself, an award- winning artist who has exhibited in Europe and the United States.