Auchrannie Resort became an Employee Owned Company in November 2017. We are proud to be the first and only 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, 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), Ayrshire Industry Tourism Group (Vice Chair), and Arran Economic Group.
Richard Small is the General Manager 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.
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.
David Johnston is the Facilities & Projects Manager and also a board member. David's day to day responsibilities fall mainly within Estate Management and HR.
Other Key Personnel:
Claire Johnston, HR & People Development Manager (no relation to above Johnstons!) 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 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)
Vhairi Millar (Employee appointed trustee)
Janine Crisp (Employee appointed trustee)
Colin Morrison (Company appointed trustee)
David Johnston (Company appointed trustee)
our customer promise
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 email@example.com.
sustainability & green tourism
We are passionate about the environment and sustainability, and are aware of the importance of this to our guests. We have been affiliated with the Green Tourism Business Scheme since 2007 and have implemented a number of their suggestions including:
• installation of a 300KW biomass woodchip boiler
• increased recycling of glass, paper products and ink cartridges
• low energy lighting
• use of fair-trade products and sustainable food products
• support for local wildlife festival and work with RSPB
• paperless billing
• installation of an electric vehicle charging point
Please refer to the following document for details of our energy policy: