Applications sought to run new hostel

Murray Library, Anstruther, which has been refurbished and converted into a hostel and creative business hub.

Murray Library, Anstruther, which has been refurbished and converted into a hostel and creative business hub.

0
Have your say

The long-awaited Murray Hostel in Anstruther looks set to be up and running for the summer season.

The Murray Library Trust is inviting applications from potential operators for the seven-bedroomed new facility in the landmark historic building.

The hostel could claim to be one of the best located in the country, with a prime positiion on Shore Street and stunning views over the harbour and the Firth of Forth.

And the successful applicant - the trust is considering individuals and organisations - could have a bumper first summer ahead, with The Open golf back in St Andrews, not to mention the numerous high-profile festivals which now take place in the East Neuk and gala days.

The bedrooms, including one for disabled guests, can be configured to sleep between four and six people.

“It’s an exciting time because it has been a long haul to get here and we want the community to benefit from this,” said Councillor Elizabeth Riches, chair of the trust.

Anstruther native and philathropist David Murray, who made his wealth after emigrating to Australia in 1853, left a bequest for a library and snooker hall in his home town and in 1908 the Murray Library Trust was set up.

The imposing building remained as a library until 2006, after which it became increasingly difficult to keep repaired. It was decided to give the building a new lease of life, while retaining the ethos of community benefit, and since then it has been dramatically conversion, the old snooker hall is now a creative hub with seven business units while the front of the building is the new hostel.

Many original features have been preserved such as the staircase, hall floor and some original radiators.

For more information email murrayhostelanstruther@gmail.com