The Isle of Arran is the home of my heart. It’s where I spent time with my grandmother growing up. It’s where I rode mini-ATVS, played mini golf, and visited the delicious local bakery. It’s also where I had my first real job, where I moved to immediately after high school as a 17 year old going to another country. And that first real job was at Auchrannie.
For anyone that ever asks me what to see and do in Scotland, I always encourage them to visit the Isle of Arran, because it truly is a magical place, and my time working at Auchrannie brought me so much life experience and a husband, to boot!
This week on the podcast we interview the co-founder of Auchrannie, Linda Johnston. I remember when I worked there, looking through these photo albums of how the resort started and how it’s grown over the years, and so much of that is down to this woman.
Linda started her career as a Physical Education Teacher, so it’s fascinating to me how someone then goes on to run an incredibly successful resort that supports the local economy, has moved to employee ownership, and is only the second hotel in Scotland to pay a living wage to its employees. And we learn the reason this all came to be… (hint, it’s in the title of this episode!).
We talk about all the different things Linda plays a role in, how they keep things evolving, how one can really use their creativity in the hospitality industry, and the importance of Auchrannie values. She also shares her favourite things to do on the island!
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If you’re curious to learn more about the island, I’ve collected some of my favourite blog posts I’ve written below:
- 10 of My Favourite Isle of Arran Walks
- The Best Scottish Distillery You’ve Never Heard Of
- A Glamptastic Digital Detox
- 20 Things to Do on the Isle of Arran
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