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PICTURES: Scotland's very first ski hotel to be knocked down

By Gavin Musgrove

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Scotland’s first dedicated ski hotel which has lain vacant for more than 15 years and become an eyesore, is set to be demolished.

The Struan House Hotel in Carrbridge will make way for 10 affordable flats and parking if plans lodged this week are approved.

The hotel was opened by ski pioneer Karl Fuchs, a member of the 1948 Austrian Olympic team, and his wife, Eileen, in 1954.

Nicknamed ‘The Ruin’ by some locals – the hotel was bought by developers to convert into homes, however, the 2007 credit crunch meant they never materialised.

It was then acquired by Aberdeen-based property development firm Scoin Investment Partners.

The hotel was put up for sale in 2010 with an asking price of offers over £405,000 which was subsequently cut significantly.

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