Published: 13/04/2017 07:00 - Updated: 11/04/2017 11:38

Former One Direction singer Harry Styles delights hotel staff with visit to Culloden House near Inverness

Written byNicole Webber

Harry Styles poses for a picture with two of the hotel's staff during his visit.
Harry Styles poses for a picture with two of the hotel's staff during his visit.

CHART-TOPPING pop star Harry Styles is the latest famous face spotted in Inverness after he visited the Culloden House Hotel and posed for a picture with staff.

The former One Direction singer, who launched his solo career on Friday with his single Sign of the Times, was also seen dangling from a crane in Skye last week while filming a video for his track.

The publicity for the Highland hotel comes during what is set to be a record-breaking Easter for the city’s tourism industry.

General manager Stephen Davies explained that details of the star’s stay had to be kept under wraps for his privacy. He said: “What I can tell you is that Harry stayed with us for two nights. He is a really nice young man who enjoyed his stay and thanked us for looking after him.”

Culloden House has previously enjoyed an increase in business thanks to the television series Outlander. The series has been a hit in North America and the UK, and refers to Culloden House.

Mr Davies added: “The largest growth we’ve seen has been off the back of the Outlander television series. Our November to March occupancy has risen by more than 34 per cent which was mainly made up of guests coming over from North America.”

Emmanuel Moine, the chairman of the Inverness Hotels Association and manager of the Glen Mhor Hotel, said that this Easter is set to be a sell out for many hotels.

He added: “We have been full for the whole week and all the other hotels are either full or very busy so that is very positive.

“Inverness is a successful tourist destination but the question of whether there are enough hotels in the area is a difficult one – in the summer the hotels are full and the rates are high but in the winter the hotels are quiet and the rates are low.”

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