Arran Community Land Initiative

Happy Christmas and all the best for 2018! A big thanks to everyone who has supported the Community Land in Whiting Bay this year including our trustees, staff, partners, members of the community and funders. We have made huge progress on site with infrastructure and growing projects and involved over 1000 people since April in …

duo b!z’art

Music Arran presents an intriguing concert to launch its programme for 2018, on 27th January, in the Community Theatre at Arran High School. Duo B!z’art consists of two pianists playing the same piano. André Roe and Geoffrey Baptiste hail from Belgium, and specialize in what is unusual and unconventional in music – hence their name, …

New year, new craft?

  Crafts and company will begin their craft club once again in 2018 with a great programme already in place. Learning a new craft or polishing up an existing one with good company and tea and cake is a lovely way to spend a few hours. During 2017 craft club grew in popularity with a …

Arran Coastal Way – a new guide

Rucksack Readers is a specialist publisher that has produced over 35 weather proof guidebooks for walkers, trekkers and cyclists since 2000. New for 2018, they have published a guide to The Arran Coastal Way which, in 2017, was recognised as one of Scotland’s Great Trails. Written by Jacquetta Megarry, it contains all you need to plan and enjoy …

Flora Mckinnon Gibson (Drummond) (1878-1949) A Leading Suffragette with a connection with Arran.

By Jim Henderson The 7th of January marks sixty-nine years since the death of ‘The General’, Flora McKinnon Drummond, suffragette. Flora’s mother Sarah Cook was married to Francis Gibson a tailor who went south to find work in Manchester. Flora was born in Manchester on the 4th August 1878, shortly afterwards within a year or …

Suitable for Non-Vegans

Eggplant involtini People often ask me questions such as what do vegetarians/vegans have for Xmas lunch. I assume this is meant to be amusing because the questioner invariably has the answer ready to hand which was the whole point of asking the inane question. ‘Nut roast’! Oh how we laugh. After all we’ve never heard …

Poem for January

A Man’s a Man for a’That  by Robert Burns   Is there for honest Poverty That hings his head, an’ a’ that; The coward-slave, we pass him by, We dare be poor for a’ that! For a’ that, an a’ that. Our toils obscure an a’ that, The rank is but the guinea’s stamp, The …

COAST’s New Year wish list

2017 has been a great year for COAST, with more community members than ever joining us and renovating Arran’s new marine hub on Lamlash Bay. From this centre we explore, research, educate and campaign for sustainable coastal and marine activities in our Marine Protected Area. Last week we were surprised to see budget cuts for …

Arran’s housing market

Over the last few months we have noticed more “Under Offer” signs appearing around the island and felt that the housing market was picking up. Ann Rhead of Arran Estate Agents kindly agreed to talk to us. AR: The market on Arran was severely affected by the recession of 2007 and has been slowly recovering …