The Inn offers a fully licensed bar with a beer garden overlooking Lochranza and the Kilbrannan Sound toward Skipness; a 30 seat restaurant, and (soon) 9 ensuite bedrooms which will accommodate up to 22 guests.
The reopening of the former Lochranza Hotel, as the Lochranza Country Inn, marks the culmination of a vision approved by the Lochranza & Catacol Community Association at a public meeting in November 2021 to prevent the possible sale of the last remaining hostelry in North Arran as another large holiday home. A steering group of 9 local volunteers identified the possibility presented by a Community buy-out of the hotel by forming the North Arran Community Benefit Society (NACBS) as a registered charity. The NACBS was in a position to attract grant funding and raise share capital within the communities of Lochranza, Catacol and Pirnmill. Following the grant funding award, the offer to purchase the hotel was formalized and the newly incorporated Lochranza Community Inn Ltd, (LCI) signed a lease agreement to operate the Inn on 22 December 2022, for the benefit of the community.
Constructed in the early 20th century as a private house, the property converted to a hotel in the early 1950s and became a popular hostelry with locals and visitors to the area. It was forced to close as a result of the global pandemic in early 2020. The facilities have been sorely missed for the last 3 years.
The directors of the NACBS and LCI, acknowledge their grateful appreciation of the assistance and support provided by the Scottish Land Fund, the Community Ownership Fund, the Plunkett Foundation, Community Shares Scotland, Arran Distillers Ltd, the Arran Trust and the communities of Lochranza, Catacol & Pirnmill.