Sam joined the team in 2017.
She has worked in hospitality since she was 13. Starting as a Kitchen Porter and Housekeeper while still at school. She loved the industry and after school continued on, moving through the ranks (and throughout Scotland!) from Waitress, Receptionist, Duty Manager, Food and Beverage Manager, Events Co-Ordinator, Assistant Manager, General Manager. She moved here from Shetland where she met and married her husband, and where she was an area manager for three hotels in the main town of Lerwick.
Originally she moved to Oban and drove the short 30 minutes out to the hotel every day but the local area impressed her, her husband and their daughter so much that they are now settled in the next village, Kilmelford.
Sam says she loves everything about the job! She doesn’t manage a hotel: she “manages a team who manage the hotel”. She is extremely proud of everyone in the team, how much they strive to make every visit to the hotel a joy for every customer, how dedicated they are and how kind they are to each other. Sam can be found asking staff to do things by singing and dancing at them. She loves the freedom of working for a small family business where everybody gets to make a difference can help to develop the business, and where the staff are really valued by the owners who are always around offering their support and guidance and promoting a great emphasis on a happy work life balance.
Sam’s recommendation for things to do while you are here: “I would say everyone who can should go on a wildlife boat trip to the Corryvreckan. Seafari are a brilliant company but there are other good ones out there too – we can advise you at the hotel. The Corryvreckan is the world’s third largest whirlpool and that in itself is a must see. But for me it’s the wildlife you might see on the journey, every day is different, for example if they hear of a whale in the area they will just skoot over to it. My absolute favourite is the nesting pair of sea eagles that you pass with wing spans the size of a door. We are lucky enough to see them flying around the hotel at times too”.