Rare opportunity to run historic Stonehaven harbour pub emerges as owner to retire after 20 years

The Ship Inn sits by the harbour and draws large numbers of visitors
-Credit: (Image: Blueprint Media)


An historic pub on Stonehaven's harbourside is up for grabs after the current owner decided to retire following 20 years of trading.

DM Hall, the leading Scottish independent firm of chartered surveyors, is marketing The Ship Inn on Shorehead, which has come to market as a result of Simon Cruickshank's impending retirement.

The traditional public house comes with eleven letting bedrooms in a prosperous location whose origins go back to 1771, with the price available on application.

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The Ship Inn sits around 16 miles south of Aberdeen welcoming visitors throughout the year who visit the town to enjoy its beautiful coastal setting and picturesque town harbour.

The town also hosts a series of annual local events focused on the harbour, including an annual beer festival, a folk music festival each July, and the annual high point which is the Fireball celebration at Hogmanay.

Current owner Simon Cruickshank is retiring after 20 years
Current owner Simon Cruickshank is retiring after 20 years -Credit:Blueprint Media

Stonehaven also boasts a dramatic, clifftop 18-hole golf course, Scotland’s only volunteer-managed Art Deco Olympic sized outdoor heated swimming pool and a popular holiday caravan site.

A successful and profitable hostelry with a complement of 25 local staff – full and part-time, and up to 40 in the busy summer months; The Ship Inn is formed in three distinct, interlinked sections comprising the original building.

The Ship Inn's bar is accompanied by indoor and outdoor seating
The Ship Inn's bar is accompanied by indoor and outdoor seating -Credit:Blueprint Media
The historic venue comes with a large bar area
The historic venue comes with a large bar area -Credit:Blueprint Media

It accommodates the lounge bar and six en-suite letting bedrooms, a modern extension which contains the highly rated Captain’s Table, a 38-cover restaurant which specialises in seafood, as well as a further five en-suite letting bedrooms.

There is also an extension to the rear of the original building containing customer toilets, a utility room and a staff locker room.

Diners can enjoy an impressive menu at the restaurant
Diners can enjoy an impressive menu at the restaurant -Credit:Blueprint Media

A lounge bar, with seating for 50 guests, fitted and finished in a traditional style with a nod to the nautical heritage of the building, offers a range of refreshments, with an open fire in winter, and a sun terrace overlooking the harbour where seating is provided for 32 around several fixed tables.

Current owner Simon said: "Owning the Ship Inn has been a great experience and very rewarding but at 66 I think it’s time for my partner Irene and I to spend a bit more time together and to go travelling.

"I also have a brother in New Zealand who I’d like to visit. But whoever is fortunate enough to acquire The Ship Inn will find it hard work but also a truly enjoyable experience and I wish them great success."

The rooms come with stunning views of the town's harbour
The rooms come with stunning views of the town's harbour -Credit:Blueprint Media

Stuart Johnston, a partner in the Aberdeen office of DM Hall, who is overseeing the sales process said: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire what is widely regarded as a local institution as well as an excellent business in a prosperous, vibrant location, owned and traded very successfully by the same person, Simon, for the past twenty years.

"Scotland’s licensed trade certainly has its challenges but what Simon has done at The Ship Inn by investing heavily and consistently in refurbishment and high standards of maintenance and decoration is to create a fine property in walk-in condition with a first-class offering which is valued and appreciated by both the people of Stonehaven and its many visitors.

"Price is available on application. Trading information and accounts will be made available to the professional advisors of seriously interested parties following the completion of a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) which can be provided on request.

"Interested parties should contact me, Stuart Johnston, on 07913 046 226 or e-mail: business.sales@dmhall.co.uk."