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Cairnbaan is owned and operated by Darren and Christine Dobson together with a young enthusiastic team headed by deputy manager Chris Smith and very talented head chef Vicki Ure.

Darren Dobson. Originally from the Isle of Wight Darren trained with Trust House Forte before moving to London to work in various capacities at the Hotel Bristol, Browns and the Ritz.




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Cairnbaan Hotel Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The following privacy statement details the steps that we take to protect your personal information when you visit our website. It describes the information that is collected, the purposes for which we use such information, and your choices regarding our use of it. Should we ask you to provide any information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. Cairnbaan Hotel may change this policy if required by updating this page. You should check this page periodically to ensure that you are aware of any changes. This policy is effective from 1st of May, 2012.

What we collect

We may collect some of the following information on any form submissions:

Names of people submitting a web enquiry
Contact information including email address
Demographic information such as postcode
Other information relevant to your enquiry

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to better understand your requirements and to provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

Internal record keeping of our customers.
Use the information to improve our products and services.
We may periodically send promotional emails about new products or services.
We may use the information you provide to better customise our website.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This, however, may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website. You will have the option whether or not to allow a cookie on form submissions at the time of that submission. This information  allows your name and contact details to be inserted automatically upon future visits.

The cookies we use

Cookie Name Purpose
Google Analytics _utma
These cookies collect information on how visitors use our web site. This information is used only to help us improve our site. These cookies collect information in an anonymous form. The information collected is the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come from to visit the site and the pages they chose to visit.
Cookie Control civicAllowCookies
Cookie Control: When you click "Cookies are on / off" on the Cookie Control interface, a cookie is then set in order to remember your preference. This cookie is necessary so that we can recall your cookie preference on your next site visit.
Hosting Server (Session ID) ASPSESSIONID........ Our Servers uses HTTP cookies to send users their unique session keys. The hosting Server automatically processes this cookie and uses it to restore the values saved in the Session object. The cookie created by our Server has a session ID which is only valid until the browser is closed. The cookie is then flushed when the user exits the browser.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question. More information on Google Data Privacy can be found here.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

Whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes.
If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to us.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

In 1980 Darren spent 6 years as catering officer on RMS QE2 before joining his parents venture north of the border.

In 1986 Darren and his parents bought Montgreenan Mansion House Hotel in Ayrshire, which they ran very successfully and at a very high standard for 13 years.