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The founders of the UK’s first vegan hotel are looking for a second site, according to reports.

Jack McLaren-Stewart and his parents Sandra and John opened Saorsa 1875 in Pitlochry in the Highlands around a month ago. Since then, they say they have been ‘blown away’ by the success.

Everything associated with Saorsa 1875 is animal-free, including bedding, toiletries, and the cleaning products used by staff. The electricity with comes from Vegan Society-certified Ecotricity.

‘Exciting way of life’

“We want to show people that veganism isn’t just a compassionate, ethical choice, it’s also an exciting, vibrant way of life,” Co-founder and Head of Lifestyle, Jack McLaren-Stewart, told Plant Based News, when the hotel opened.

“The innovation that we’ve seen across food and fashion in recent years has been hugely inspiring and we’re excited to be part of the world’s fastest growing social justice movement.”

‘Two aims’

Sandra McLaren-Stewart told Boutiquehotelier.com: “We had two aims when we took over. The first was to create a cool, comfortable place where vegans could stay without feeling like they were compromising on their ethics. 

“The second was to smash some of the stereotypes that still surround veganism – it’s not the hemp-clad abstinent lifestyle that many still think but a vibrant, compassionate way of life and a hub of incredible innovation. 

“We also wanted to entice some non-vegans to see what it’s all about.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.