Rachael and Sam Kelly Hawkins, who have taken over the running of the Lodge, are a young local couple with specialist hospitality skills, training in top level cuisine, and a yearning to welcome all who wish to come and enjoy Glencanisp Lodge and the surrounding estate land.
They got married at the Lodge so have a very special understanding of what is so captivating about the place.
We plan to improve the facilities for visiting walkers, campers, artists, sport enthusiasts and the public at large. We will establish an events programme, using the Pole Barn, Arts Studio, and surrounding areas. Clearly this will be linked to the delivery of the hydro schemes, and the income from these will enable us to inwardly invest to the highest standard.
Ownership has always been the easy bit. Responsible management is a really important duty that the Board of the Assynt Foundation take very seriously. The first ten years have been hard ones, but we must not underestimate what has been achieved. We can also be justifiably excited at the numerous projects and challenges that lie ahead.
We really can now see a sustainable and self- funding Estate within our grasp. Achieving this goal will act as an example for other communities to follow.