Scottish petrol station selling UK’s most expensive fuel sparks fury among Easter tourists

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A petrol pump in the Highlands offers the UK’s most expensive fuel at a staggering 207.6 pence per liter of diesel.

The remote stop along the A887 – the main road from Skye to Inverness Road – also offers petrol at a jaw-dropping 190.8p per litre.

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Cluanie Inn station is in a remote part of Scotland
Fuel prices have soared in recent weeks

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Fuel prices have soared in recent weeksCredit: Getty

Drivers refueling at The Cluanie Inn station on their Easter trips up north shared their shock at the cost with one calling it motorway theft.

A furious driver wrote on social media: “At least Dick Turpin was wearing a mask.

The Cluanie Inn’s pump price is despite Chancellor Rishi Sunak slashing fuel tax rates by 5p last month as motorists struggle with record fuel prices.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak cuts fuel tax ratesCredit: Reuters

The pump reopened earlier this year after a short seasonal shutdown.

But even before the price exploded again, motorists were already stunned when prices hit 184.9p-a-litre for diesel and 165p-a-litre for petrol.

One of them mused, “Flakes of gold in that fuel.”

Another added: “At this price they don’t need to be open all day. Few cars in there made a profit… what the fuck? ! Diesel Faberge?

One disgruntled motorist considered ‘pushing my car to the next garage2 to save a bob or two while another joked, ‘I could fill up the truck there tomorrow’.

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According to the RAC, the average UK price of unleaded petrol on April 13 was 162.19pa-litre while diesel was 176.18p.

Prices are rising at their fastest pace in 30 years, driven by a sharp rise in gasoline and diesel costs.

The UK inflation rate rose to 7% in the year to March, the highest rate since 1992 and up from 6.2% in February.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is now adding to the pain, as the price of oil and other commodities soars higher.


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Cluanie Inn bosses said its fuel prices were based on its remote location, the cost of transporting petrol and diesel to the site.

Vanessa Crasto, vice president of parent group Black Sheep Hotels, added: “We do not make any profit on fuel sales.

“It’s more of a service that we provide. There are no other fuel pumps for many miles and we keep ours open 24/7 as a service. The Cluanie Inn does not have electricity (mains). It relies on the diesel generator.

Last month, the Cluanie Inn was honored with the 2022 Traveler Review Award by booking.com — and received a succession of rave reviews from guests.

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