Drivers are furious at the UK’s ‘most expensive’ petrol station, which sells fuel at £2.07 a litre

The Cluanie Inn – on the A887, the main road from Skye to Inverness in Scotland – is currently advertising diesel at £2.07 a liter and unleaded petrol at £1.90 a liter.

The Cluanie Inn sells diesel at 207.6 Pa liters
The Cluanie Inn sells diesel at 207.6 Pa liters

Drivers are furious after a remote petrol station started selling diesel at £2.07 a liter – believed to be one of the most expensive in the UK.

Priced at the Highlands garage is £9.43 per gallon and was spotted over the Easter weekend.

The Cluanie Inn – on the A887, the main road from Skye to Inverness – also advertises unleaded petrol at £1.90 a litre.

According to the RAC, the average UK price of unleaded petrol on 13 April was £1.62 a liter, while diesel was £1.76.

This is slightly below the record highs set in March, when average pump prices hit 167.3p per liter for petrol and 179.9p for diesel, and comes after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a 5p per liter fuel tax cut.

The Cluanie Inn on the A887, the main road from Skye to Inverness

Motorists took to social media to express their astonishment at The Cluanie Inn’s prices. “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!

“I would push my car to the nearest workshop,” said a fellow driver.

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

Fuel prices started rising due to high global demand as the UK started to emerge from the coronavirus crisis.

But the war in Ukraine has pushed prices even higher, largely due to sanctions on oil imports from Russia.

Price changes at the pump are linked to the price of crude oil and the dollar exchange rate.

Russia is one of the world’s largest oil exporters, and demand for oil from other producers has increased since the invasion, resulting in higher prices.

Although the UK imports just 6% of its crude oil from Russia, it is still affected when global prices rise.

This comes as UK inflation rose from 6.2% in February to 7% for the year to March, the highest rate since 1992.

The cost of living is expected to rise even further after the energy price cap was raised, sending gas and electricity bills into the millions.

Fuel had the biggest impact on the inflation rate, with average petrol prices rising by 12.6 pence per liter between February and March.

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 the fuel sales,” said Vanessa Crasto, vice president of parent company Black Sheep Hotels.

“It’s more of a service that we offer. There isn’t another fuel pump for many miles and we keep ours open 24 hours a day for service. The Cluanie Inn has no (mains) electricity. It relies on the diesel generator.”

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