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Image: Highland councillor and hotelier of the Smoo Cave Hotel, Hugh Morrison. (Sandy Mccook/dct media)

Planners have recommended that one of the country’s most remote hotels can double in size.

The iconic Smoo Cave Hotel at Durness in Sutherland is a popular pit stop on the North Coast 500 route – Scotland’s answer to America’s Route 66.

It has been run for the past 16 years by Highland Councillor Hugh Morrison and his wife Frances and is near the famous Smoo Cave, which attracts around 90,000 visitors a year.

The Morrisons are seeking permission for a six room accommodation annex.

In a report to go before Highland Council’s North Planning Applications Committee on Tuesday, officers are recommending that approval be granted.