Britain’s ‘most expensive petrol station’, selling fuel at £2.13 a liter as the crisis deepens

The Cluanie Inn touted unleaded petrol at 208.7 Pa-litres on Wednesday, while petrol posted its biggest daily rise in 17 years, rising more than 2p a liter on Tuesday

The Cluanie Inn in Scotland, where diesel is 213p a liter and petrol is 208.7p a liter.
The Cluanie Inn in Scotland, where diesel is 213p a liter and petrol is 208.7p a liter.

A remote petrol pump in the Scottish Highlands sells diesel at 213p a liter – arguably Britain’s most expensive fuel.

That equates to just over £9.67 a gallon – and still people were lining up to fill up today.

The Cluanie Inn – on the A887, the main road from Skye to Inverness – also advertised unleaded petrol at 208.7 Pa-litres on Wednesday.

According to the RAC, petrol prices experienced their biggest daily jump in 17 years, rising more than 2p a liter on Tuesday.

The Automobile Association said the average cost of filling up a typical family car with petrol is now £99.40.

The Cluanie Inn became the most expensive in Britain

It warned the cost could top £100 as early as today (Thursday).

The war in Ukraine and sanctions aimed at reducing Europe’s dependence on Russian oil have pushed up fuel prices.

On Tuesday, the average petrol price rose to 180.73 pence a liter, the RAC said.

Meanwhile, the average price of diesel rose by almost 1.5p to another record high of 186.57p per liter, bringing the cost of filling a 55-litre family car to £102.61.

RAC Fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “These are unprecedented times in terms of the rising cost of forecourt fuel.

“Unfortunately, we still seem to be a long way from the peak.

“While the average price of diesel is heading towards £2 a liter, the cost of wholesale petrol unexpectedly fell by 5p a liter on Tuesday.

If this price is maintained in the coming days, it could stem the flow of daily record gas prices.”

The Cluanie Inn’s pump price applies despite Chancellor Rishi Sunak recently cutting fuel tax rates by 5p as motorists grapple with record-breaking fuel prices.

It reopened earlier this year after a brief seasonal shutdown.

But before that, motorists took to social media to vent their astonishment as pump prices hit 184.9p per liter for diesel and 165p per liter for petrol.

“Gold flakes in this fuel,” wrote one.

“At least Dick Turpin was wearing a mask,” said another, while a driver added, “At that price they don’t have to be open all day! Fabergé diesel?”

“I would push my car into the nearest garage,” said a fellow driver.

Another joked: “We might refuel the truck there tomorrow.”

The Cluanie Inn said its fuel prices were based on its remote location, the cost of transporting gasoline and diesel to the site, and that it relied on a diesel generator to power the pumps and checkout machine 24 hours a day.

“We don’t make a profit from fuel sales,” claims Vanessa Crasto, vice president of parent company Black Sheep Hotels.

“It’s more of a service that we offer. There isn’t another pump for many miles and we keep ours open 24 hours a day as a service.

“The Cluanie Inn has no (mains) electricity. It relies on the diesel generator.”

An Indian businessman bought several plots of land, including the inn, two years ago.

The Mumbai millionaire made the extraordinary move after paying up to £120 a night for dirty rooms, no hot water and microwave meals served by a carpenter.

Sanjay Narang, then 56, visited Inverness-shire for a walking holiday with his sister Rachna in late April 2018.

In the first week of May he had decided to buy three hotels – Letterfinlay Lodge in Spean Bridge, The Cluanie Inn in Glenmoriston and Craigard Guest House in Invergarry – at a total cost of almost £3million.

Earlier this year, Cluanie Inn was recognized by with the 2022 Traveler Review Award and has received a number of glowing reviews from guests.

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