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Auchrannie Resort became an Employee Owned Company in November 2017. We are proud to be the first  Scottish hotel/resort to become employee owned. Auchrannie will therefore, always remain an independent, locally run organisation with community values at its heart.

Auchrannie was acquired by Iain & Linda Johnston in 1988 with a view to providing indoor leisure facilities on the island. In the process of achieving this objective, Auchrannie has grown from a 16 bedroom guest house to a resort now comprising two 4 star hotels with 85 rooms, thirty 5 star self-catering luxury lodges, 14 retreats, three iconic restaurants, a shop, two leisure clubs with pools, a destination spa, an outdoor adventure centre and a childrens 'Playbarn'. Auchrannie was owned by the Johnston family, until November 2017 when it became Employee Owned.


Iain Johnston MBE - (1933 to 2015). Iain founded Auchrannie resort in 1988 with the help of Ronnie Mann and Linda Johnston and was Managing Director until 2010. Iain was proud and happy to have the opportunity to build Auchrannie for the benefit of its guests, staff and the Isle of Arran. We are all grateful for his part in creating the amazing Auchrannie resort as without his vision, passion, drive and generosity none of this would have happened.

Linda Johnston is the Co Founder and Managing Director and has been involved in every stage of Auchrannie's development since 1988. Unusually for a resort of this size, Linda works full time on site, takes a practical and strategic interest in most aspects of the business and is passionate about all things Auchrannie. She is also involved in the wider tourism environment and is a member of many voluntary groups including VisitArran (Director), Arran Development Trust (Director), the Coig (Director & Chair), North Ayrshire Tourism Group, and Arran Economic Group.

Ronnie Mann was part of the indispensable “team of three” which founded Auchrannie in 1988. Since his “retirement” in 2015, Ronnie continues to demonstrate his commitment and love for Auchrannie on a consultancy basis and as a valued board member.

Colin Morrison is our Finance Director and keeps us all on the financial straight and narrow. Colin is also a board member and central to Auchrannie’s strategic development.

Richard Small is the Resort Director of Auchrannie Resort. Having worked his way up from the age of 14 when he started work as a kitchen porter, Richard has held a number of positions within the business, taking on the role of General Manager in March 2007. As well as being responsible for all aspects of the operation, he is involved in future and product development as well as being a board member.

David Johnston is the Projects Director. David's day to day responsibilities fall mainly within future development, estate management and health & safety.

Kate Aitken,  HR & People Development Manager ensures the whole team continue to deliver the "Awesome Auchrannie" vision of "hospitality with passion and personality".

Gordon Hay, Business Development & Marketing Manager. Gordon looks after the front of house team as well as revenue growth, marketing and IT for the resort, ensuring that we always stay ahead of the curve.



Our Operating Board, who are responsible for the management and operation of the business are:

Linda Johnston (Chair)
Colin Morrison
Richard Small
David Johnston
Ronnie Mann

Our Employee Ownership Trust Board, who are responsible for ensuring that the Operating Board run the company in accordance with the ethos of the Employee Trust are:

Andrew Harrison (Independent Trustee)
Monika Rumin (Employee appointed trustee)
Janine Crisp (Employee appointed trustee)
Colin Morrison (Company appointed trustee)
David Johnston (Company appointed trustee)


Our aim is to deliver hospitality with passion and personality. We will treat you as an individual and aim to provide a truly awesome, special and unique experience which gives you a happy and relaxed holiday that exceeds your expectations. We care passionately about what we do, aim to give value for money and we will act professionally with integrity at all times.


Auchrannie aims to support a number of Arran based charities as well as many other good causes at a national and local level. For more information please email our charities team