KEN GUNN, co-owner of the award winning Sonas Hotels Group on Skye and the global seafarer who introduced luxury sailing to the world of Scottish hospitality, has died at the age of 67.

Before he and his wife Anne launched their first hotel, Toravaig House on the southern peninsula of Sleat in 2003, he was captain of the five star cruise ship the Hebridean Princess, sailing around the UK, Ireland and Norway.

The Hebridean Princess, twice chartered by Queen Elizabeth including a trip to celebrate her 80th birthday, was the model for the nine bedroom Toravaig which the couple insisted should be ‘a luxury ship ashore’.