Auchrannie ready to weather the storm

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Arran’s biggest resort complex, Auchrannie, has already had some Christmas cancellations and is expecting demand to be down for its restaurants over the festive season.

However, it believes, with its business model, it is ready to weather the latest storm.

Co-founder and managing director Linda Johnston told the Banner: ‘Auchrannie’s residential market is mainly leisure breaks predominantly couples, small groups and families.

‘We have seen little change in levels of residential bookings over Christmas and New Year.

‘There have been some cancellations but these are mainly being replaced by new bookings.

‘The food and beverage side of the business is again focused on these markets.

‘We have not restarted functions, we don’t do party nights and we have no major gatherings planned.

‘Therefore, we have lost relatively little on this front to date as this is normally a very quiet time for us.

‘Going forward I have little doubt that people will be less inclined to go out over the festive period.

‘During this time, the capacities in our restaurants and leisure facilities may need to be constrained due to the new government advice and  changes to regulations on self-isolation. ‘

Linda, who is also the chair and director of The Coig, added: ‘Like the rest of the world, we wish we had a crystal ball, but in the absence of this we will weather the new storm as best we can, considering the interests of guests and team members in all of our decisions.’