Premier Inn says it will add 735 rooms to its Scottish portfolio this year, with five new openings and additional room capacity at three other properties.

The five new hotels include a 60-room property in Aviemore, a 136-room hotel on Edinburgh’s Princes Street, and an 85-room hotel in Thurso.

The Glasgow area will welcome two new Premier Inn properties – a 96-room hotel in Hamilton (located around 12 miles southeast of Glasgow), and a 249-room property on the city’s St Enoch Square.

In addition the group says it will add room capacity at its Edinburgh East, Fort William and Inverness West hotels.

The five new properties are part of plans to add 37 hotels UK-wide this year, totalling around 4,000 rooms.

Commenting on the news Premier Inn’s managing director Simon Ewins said:

“We’re gearing up for an exciting year in Scotland with a variety of new hotels ranging from a 249-bed mega-hotel in one of Glasgow’s most iconic central locations to our most Northerly site in the UK in Thurso.

“From its world-class cities to jaw-dropping Highlands, Scotland’s tourist offer is hard-to-beat and we’re pleased to help make it even easier for both leisure and business travellers to enjoy the country affordably”.

Premier Inn’s owner Whitbread recently launched its ‘Force for Good’ sustainability programme which it says will eliminate the use of “unnecessary” single-use plastics by the middle of the next decade.