Lochranza is the northernmost village on the Isle of Arran where a former family home-turned hotel has been entertaining local villagers and tourists since the early 1950s. Like so many in the sector, the Lochranza Country Inn closed as a result of COVID-19. It was the second pub in the area to close following the demise of the Catacol Bay Hotel.
These closures left the community with no informal meeting spaces and no social hub. As a result, people in the area simply stopped getting together. It also had a knock-on effect with the tourism industry. The bay has 40 berths for yachts sailing around the islands. When the pubs closed, “Yacthies” as they’re known locally, stopped mooring. This led to Bed and Breakfasts going out of business, along with campsites.
Steering group member, Duncan Craig: “The total infrastructure of the village started to decline”. With all this in mind, when the Lochranza Country Inn was put up for sale, locals mobilised. The Lochranza and Catacol Community Association decided to make an effort to buy the pub for the community.