Julie, Coll Hotel

Julie, Coll Hotel

How have you (your business) gone the extra mile during lockdown or post-lockdown?

We offered our customers a takeaway service three days a week and tried to continue using as many local suppliers as possible to keep everyone ticking round. The extension we built pre-lockdown has also really helped for giving customers and safe alike a safe distance.

What have you missed most about not being open over the last three months?

The buzz of the place, it’s all I’ve ever known hearing laughter and families having fun. When it changed to the complete opposite, white silence, it was actually quite frightening it’s definitely something I’ll never forget.

What have you learned about your community during this time?

Well I’ve been part of this community for such a long time and I was so surprised to be getting the most unlikely people reaching out and giving their support. Whether it was messages or continuing to order takeaways every week it was really nice. Then once we re-opened people were coming out rain or shine to show their support.

What do you love most about living and working here?

Well, it’s an ideal place to a run licensed premises as you know everyone who visits! But on a serious note, you get to know people in a different way from the likes of a bigger city. We’ve got a really great community here.

Any special stories about someone or a business in your area that has gone that extra mile during lockdown that makes you smile?

One that really stands out for me is Dougie and Paula who work at the Ethical Sales (T.E.S.CO). Throughout lockdown they have been working endlessly to deliver everyone’s orders on the island.

Your favourite hidden secret spot or activity in Argyll and the Isles?

Coll is a real hidden gem, the nature speaks for itself and you can get the beach to yourself most days. Everyone tries their best to give guests the best possible experience.

Three words to sum up how you're feeling now that we're out of lockdown?

(Carefully) cautious, relieved, positive.