Fish Farm-ageddon

With the announcement by Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) that it intends to submit an even more expansive planning proposal for its fish farm in Lamlash Bay the community of Arran finds itself in another battle to save its sea from the harm caused by an expanded fish farm. The community of Arran had thought it …

Scottish Ministers are caught out!

Scottish Ministers tried unlawfully to protect the worst-performing fish farms from public scrutiny. Scottish Ministers have been ordered to disclose the names of Scotland’s ‘liciest’ salmon farms to Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland. The Scottish Information Commissioner has decided that Scottish Ministers tried unlawfully to protect the worst-performing fish farms from public scrutiny. The Scottish …

Gelos Duo concert

Arran’s Music Society has now decided by unanimous vote at the Annual General Meeting to change its name to Music Arran. This is snappier, and I hope will convince the doubters, especially younger doubters, that the society is not a bunch of old fuddy-duddies. “Music” does not just mean “classical” music. However, October’s offering, in …

The Arts on Arran

by Eileen Kerr For the last 6 years I have worked as a Project Manager within the arts sector, after graduating with Film and Media from the University of Stirling. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a wide range of artists practising various art forms, from visual artists, musicians, physical theatre performers, circus artists, …

Arran actor in BBC series

Many will remember Paul Tinto who, as a young actor at Arran High School played Marius in Les Miserables and Tony in West Side Story. Paul is appearing as Corporal Chris Dimarco in a new BBC drama starting on 1st October, The Last Post. Written by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat for BBC One, The Last …

Coastwatch News

by John Kinsman Survey to catalogue Basking Sharks A survey is being carried out to catalogue the number of Basking Sharks visiting the Firth of Clyde. Basking Shark Scotland has appealed to the public to submit sightings viA website or phone. In 2016 a similar survey identified 24 individual basking sharks, with the biggest measuring …

Poem of the Month

Selected by David Underdown, who also wrote the commentary. The Dissolution of the Libraries Words whirled away     like thought untethering itself.        Stand here  —  dugdeep in boneshells of abandoned bookbanks  —  and hear their        whisperlong        as winds blow in. The ransacked sky-stacks       …