MORAY councillors have agreed to accept an offer of over £97,000 for the former railway station at Ballindalloch.
The property, which stands on the Speyside Way long distance footpath, was leased by the council as a backpackers’ hostel until it closed recently because of a problem with the water supply.
A council spokesman said the bidders whose offer has been accepted intend to continue to use the property as a hostel and guesthouse, with the possibility of operating a seasonal tearoom.
They also intend undertaking repairs and improvements and to retain the original features where possible.
The proceeds of the sale will be reinvested in the Speyside Way to help finance repairs to the footpath and bridges along the route within Moray.