THE owners of the fire-hit Cameron House Hotel have unveiled the first stage of a £2 million transformation of the Carrick Resort at their Loch Lomond complex.

The Carrick Resort is now known as the Cameron Club and Spa, while the Claret Jug restaurant has been renamed 'Clubhouse at Cameron' following an initial six-week modernisation project.

The resort's owners say the Cameron House Hotel and leisure club, Great Scots bar and Cameron Grill will reopen in 2020 following the devastating fire in December 2017 which claimed the lives of two guests.

Simon Midgley and Richard Dyson lost their lives when the blaze ripped through the famous hotel almost 18 months ago.

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Commenting on the modernisation project, resort director Andy Roger said: “This work represents the start of an exciting transformation of what was previously called the Carrick Resort into the Cameron Club and Spa.

"Relocating the Café Spa to the ground floor level has allowed us to increase capacity and transform the Spa arrival experience.

" All of this was completed with the utmost care to ensure any changes make the most of our stunning setting.

"We are excited to continue to plan the next phases of the overall project and look forward to welcome guests to the new Clubhouse and Café Spa.”

The owners of the resort unveiled plans in March for a major extension to the hotel, including 70 additional bedrooms and a large loch-facing ballroom.

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Those plans, according to a design statement in support of the application, were in the pipeline prior to the 2017 fire.

Plans to rebuild the fire-damaged section of the hotel itself were approved by the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority in January.

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Scotland's most senior law officer admitted earlier this year that it was not possible to say when any decision might be taken over possible legal proceedings relating to the 2017 fire.

The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, told the area's MSP, Jackie Baillie, in April that investigations into the cause of the blaze were continuing and that a decision on any prosecution could only be made once the probe was complete and final reports submitted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.