SimpsInns acquires North Gailes

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 

The SimpsInns portfolio continues to expand with this week’s news that the family owned hospitality group has acquired North Gailes Golf and Leisure adjacent to one of its existing properties, The Gailes Hotel on Marine Drive in Irvine. 

North Gailes is an established business and well known locally with its strong gym, spa and leisure membership base. It’s a multi-faceted complex with excellent golf connections through the floodlit driving range, nine-hole golf course and dedicated pitching area, all of which are very popular with the general public plus resident PGA professionals for coaching and lessons.

Further amenities include the health and beauty treatments plus the busy American Golf shop, the retailer at North Gailes, which complements the overall leisure offering.

“This is another very exciting chapter in the SimpsInns story,” explained Malcolm Simpson, owner of SimpsInns, who informed his existing employees of the news at this week’s annual team Oscar Awards Night at Si! Café:Bar:Restaurant and Si! Italia in Irvine.   

“For several years now our company has enjoyed a period of sustained growth and with each new project we have brought something new to the marketplace. 

“We continue to offer a diverse range of products through our award winning hotels, bars and restaurants across Ayrshire. And by acquiring North Gailes we will take the company in another new direction.”   

For years The Gailes Hotel and North Gailes have worked closely with each other as SimpsInns hotel residents have complimentary use of the gym and spa facilities.

“We now have the opportunity to enhance the existing product at The Gailes with the prospect of creating a standout leisure and resort hotel here in the heart of Ayrshire. We couldn’t be in a better location, surrounded by such great championship golf courses and with so many other great attractions on our doorstep,” added Simpson, who also owns Wilkinson Travel Services, a tour operator which drives inbound golf visitors to Ayrshire and Scotland. 

The news comes within 12 months of SimpsInns opening the award winning Si! Café:Bar:Restaurant and Si! Italia on the Kilwinning Road in Irvine. (In 2013 Si! won the ‘Inspiration Award’ at the prestigious SLTN Awards).  

North Gailes has approximately 40 staff, which will take the overall SimpsInns numbers to over 200, reinforcing the company’s position as one of the key employers in the area.

The official handover is expected to take place in the coming weeks and although the new owners have exciting plans they are keen to emphasise the day-to-day running of the business will continue as normal where members and guests will be contacted and updated on all future plans. 


Caption for pic: SimpsInns owner Malcolm Simpson.  

Notes: SLTN (Scottish Licensed Trade News)

SimpsInns venues

The Gailes, Marine Drive, Irvine, KA11 5AE 
The Waterside, Ardrossan Road, West Kilbride, KA23 9NG
Si! Café:Bar:Restaurant, Kilwinning Road, Irvine, KA12 8RU
Si! Italia, Kilwinning Road, Irvine, KA12 8RU 
Old Loans Inn, Main Street, Loans, Troon, KA10 7EX
The Riverside Inn, By Ayr, KA6 6BW (Currently closed for redevelopment) 

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T: 01294 204040 
E: [email protected] 

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