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About Jessie Mac's

Dot, Mairi and Brenda

Dot, Mairi and Brenda

Tufty the Dog

Tufty the Dog

Mairi, Brenda and Dot

Mairi, Brenda and Dot

Who Are We?

We’re a team of three – Dot the manager and owner, Mairi the assistant manager and Brenda the other owner. Tufty the dog is the brains behind everything.

 

What's Different About Us?

We set Jessie Mac’s up in September 2011 with the aim of making it the best and greenest small hostel in Scotland. We bought a traditional B&B with the aim of turning it into a hostel. Guests asked if we could come up with a hybrid – self-catering facilities but still offering breakfasts plus a mixture of shared dorms, private doubles and family rooms. So we did.

Our Ethics

  • Staff – we are a Living Wage Employer, we employ local staff, contractors and suppliers wherever possible.
  • Community – we’re involved with the local tourist association, volunteer at the Arts Centre, sponsor the local highland games, donate free bed nights to local charities and work really hard to buy everything locally.
  • Environment – we are very resource efficient, having almost halved the amount of energy that we use per guest and now recycling 90% of our/your waste. Lots more information below.
  • Purchasing – we are a Fairtrade business, buying only fairly traded tea, coffee, sugar and bananas for breakfasts and rooms. We have won a Taste Our Best award recognising that the majority of the produce that we use is Scottish.

Green Business

Sustainability is very important to how we run Jessie Mac's. We try to minimise our/your impact on the environment and support the local economy wherever we can. Here are our environmental policy telling you what our priorities are, an action plan tells you of our future plans and a report of progress to date:

 

Green Tourism Gold Award

Green Awards

One of the things that we’re most proud of is attaining Gold level in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.  This ensures that we carefully manage waste, energy, transport, biodiversity, chemical storage, links with our community and our purchasing decisions. As part of this we calculate how many tonnes of CO2 we produce every year (16 tonnes) and then donate a free bed night for each tonne. to locally based conservation charities such as Scottish Wildlife Trust. It’s really hard to get and maintain gold level, so we ask guests to play their part by helping us to be resource efficient when they stay.

In November 2014 we won a national award for how we manage our business’ environmental impacts. We still haven’t come back down to Earth but then we’re constantly trying to get better at what we do.

Environmentally Safe

Environmentally Safe

VIBES Winner Award

VIBES Winner Award

Continuous Improvement

We’re constantly trying to make Jessie Mac’s more resource efficient and more comfortable for our guests. The big things that we’re working on towards 2020 are:

  • ENERGY - Installing secondary glazing to make the whole building really cosy
  • RECYCLING- breaking the 91% recycling barrier.

Suggestions for improvements are always welcome. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Client Testimonials

  • Mar 2020

    A little haven of loveliness
  • Mar 2020

    It was wonderful after a fairly difficult day on the bicycle to roll up at this baronial style building with welcoming lights burning in the windows.
  • Mar 2020

    I have already recommended Jessie Mac's to many others and my stay last week has only encouraged me to put the word around further.
  • Mar 2020

    My favourite place to stay, if only there were Jessie Mac equivalents everywhere. Always a warm welcome in every sense
  • Mar 2020

    Helpful, welcoming and attentive staff in a beautiful location and comfortable accommodation. What more can you ask
  • Mar 2020

    Wonderfully quiet location, even with a full hostel. Had a great stop over.
  • Feb 2020

    Excellent facilities, very helpful staff and dog friendly.
  • Feb 2020

    This is one of my favorite hostels. Great location, wonderful space, and always so welcoming.
  • Feb 2020

    Lovely accommodation in a great location. Jessie Mac's was completely spotless, cosy and welcoming. The host was very friendly and made the stay very enjoyable.
  • Feb 2020

    I was particularly impressed by the focus on sustainability. I am already trying to work out when I can make it up again.
  • Feb 2020

    11/10 - need I say more! Have booked to come back.
  • Jan 2020

    We stayed at Jessie Mac's over a long weekend as a small group, and everything was perfect. The staff are lovely and friendly, and very accommodating.
  • Jan 2020

    Lovely place, great for cyclists!
  • Nov 2019

    This is the third year we have spent the weekend at Jessie Macs - absolutely superb venue for us all - a group of 4/5 families.
Green Tourism Business Gold

Green Tourism Business Gold

Fairtrade

Fairtrade

Taste our best

Taste our best

Walkers Welcome Scotland

Walkers Welcome Scotland

Cyclists welcome

Cyclists welcome

Trip Advisor Certificate Excellence

Trip Advisor Certificate Excellence

Trip Advisor Green Leaders

Trip Advisor Green Leaders

VIBES Winner

VIBES Winner

European Business Awards for the Environment.

European Business Awards for the Environment.

FSB Awards 2018

FSB Awards 2018

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