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Scotland’s answer to Route 66, The North Coast 500 is a 500-mile stretch of glorious coastal terrain. Kylesku Hotel enjoys a particularly enviable location overlooking then rugged landscape of Sutherland, in the far north west of the country.

Once a rabbit warren of poorly connected buildings, Helen Lucas Architects was tasked with improving the quality of the guest spaces, creating direct routes for staff and guests and maximising views from the bar and restaurant. The resulting design combines a practical layout with generous glazing and a muted colour palette, giving full prominence to the ever-changing colours of the Highland landscape. Russwood’s smoked washy grey flooring was selected for its strength of grain and subtle tone, while the character grade adds knotty appearance befitting the rugged location.

The filled knots and smooth surface of the wood also make it a practical choice for a restaurant environment that’s swept and mopped daily. The finished product lends an understated beauty to the space. Says Claire Metivier of Helen Lucas Architects: “Our firm has a long history with Russwood. The service before and after installation is excellent and the staff have specialist knowledge of how their products perform in a Scottish environment over a long period of time.”

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