Illicit Distilling on Arran

With news that the distillery at Lagg will be opening next spring, local historian Jim Henderson sent the Voice an historical account of the illicit distilling industry in Arran in the early 19th Century. The website for the new distillery says that the Parish of Kilmory and the surrounding area of the island was a …

Marine News

from John Kinsman of St Monans Coastwatch, Fife CALEDONIAN MACBRAYNE TO REDUCE ITS PLASTIC WASTE FURTHER A ferry operator is to stop using plastic cups, individual milk portions and sauce sachets to reduce the waste in produces. Caledonian MacBrayne announced earlier this year it was replacing plastic straws with paper ones on all its sailings. …

Open Seas: Stories from Scotland’s Seabed

The following article is Part One, from a recent blog series from Open Seas, a charitable organisation which campaigns for sustainable practices in Scottish seas and the marine environment. Scotland’s seas are packed full of amazing life – the basking sharks that migrate to our west coast each summer are the world’s second largest fish, the …

Know Your Scottish Salmon

With the ongoing community campaigns against salmon farming expansion in Scotland, here is some useful information for consumers on Scottish Salmon certification from the Best Fishes website, a project set up by Fidra, an environmental charity based in East Lothian. Their aim is to help consumers make more sustainable decisions regarding the salmon we eat, by providing …

An Elegy

“Jean, my elder sister has died after a difficult six months for her and her children. At her funeral last week in Devon, Amanda, her eldest, my niece and goddaughter read the following poems. They are quite beautiful and profound for us all in our own lives, as we live each day.” Sally Campbell IF …

“Albatross” Film Review

Albatross by Sue Weaver COAST and TAP Arran got together to show this stunning film, by Chris Jordan, screened on 23rd June at the Arran High School. The film highlights the lives and deaths of the huge numbers of albatross breeding on Midway Island in the North Pacific. The film maker came to prominence when …

Poem for July

The Swallows’ Nest Shutters, broken, firewood, a rake, a wrought- iron bed, the torch-lit rafters of the lumber-room, you showing me one bird tucked in a home- made bracket of spittle and earth, while its mate slept perched on the rim, at an angle exact as a raised latch. by Kathleen Jamie Kathleen Jamie was …