The Island of Isay

by Peter Reason The little island of Isay lies in the entrance to Loch Dunvegan in the north west of Skye. Seeking refuge from the tourist bustle around the castle and village at the head of the loch, I found an anchorage for my yacht Coral between Isay and its low-lying neighbour Mingay; in the …

Brodick’s new ferry terminal

The new ferry terminal in Brodick opened on Tuesday 20th March with the 11:05 sailing. We bring you a pictorial record of the progress of the construction from drilling the seabed core samples to the first scheduled arrival of the Caledonian Isles the pier.   You might also like to view this video by Positive …

Greenpeace Research on Microplastics in Scottish Seas Published

Scientific microplastic survey of Scottish coastal waters confirms contamination The results from Greenpeace’s 2017 ship tour of Scotland have been published at the beginning of March. The scientists on the Greenpeace ship the Beluga utilised a number of different methodologies to gather more data on plastic pollution in Scottish waters than any previously published survey. …

April’s Poem

The Good-Morrowby John Donne I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then? But sucked on country pleasures, childishly? Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ den? ’Twas so; but this, all pleasures fancies be. If ever any beauty I did see, Which I desired, …

The Glasgow Boys

By John Inglis The Glasgow Boys, a group of painters all associated with Glasgow School of Art but not all from Glasgow were considered “provincial” in British art history until about forty years ago. They have benefitted from devolution and the subsequent attention paid to Scotland’s cultural heritage. They were, in fact, a cosmopolitan group …

Marine News

by John Kinsman – Marine Correspondent New counter terrorism ship named A new counter terrorist Royal Navy ship has been officially named. The River class offshore patrol vessel was given the title HMS Trent by its sponsor Pamela Potts. She released a bottle  of gin from the Nelson Gin Distillery and Gin School in Stafford against …

Letters to the Editor

WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR ARRAN’S MARINE ENVIRONMENT? Recently The Arran Banner headlined “Early Chance to bag first taste of Lagg. Arran Distillery Ltd hopes to raise £4.2million boost from whisky sale” and residents and visitors of Arran are encouraged to purchase casks at £6000 each of heavily malted malt whisky from the new distillery. …