The Real Food Shop

We spoke to Andy who was in the van on a beautiful May morning at its weekly Brodick stop. Andy and Jenny McDonald, of Woodside Farm in Kildonan, are the organic growers, and brains, behind the Real Food Shop. Andy had been up and ‘cropping’ salad and herbs for the shop that morning at 7 …

The Wineport, Cladach

By a mystery reviewer… Four of us decided to have lunch at the Wineport; two grandparents, a parent, and her lively nearly six year old. The weather was fine and we had a table on the lovely spacious grassy area in front of the house. Nearly all the tables were occupied and it was very …

Looking at Arran

by Stuart Gough “Robert Burns is said to have been blind to natural grandeur because he could see Arran almost daily from the Ayrshire farms on which he spent his youth, yet never once mentioned it in verse or prose. His blindness has been explained either on the ground that he lived before the fashion …

Sir Robert the Bruce – Part Two

Following a period in early 1307 on Rathlin Island, and Robert the Bruce’s alleged meeting with a spider in a cave, Robert the Bruce and his supporters made another attempt to gain freedom from English rule. They were betrayed however and Robert the Bruce’s brothers were captured and executed…  Around the same period Sir Robert …

Brodick Badgers

The Badgers at Brodick Castle by Jackie Kemp, Arran Ranger Although badgers are found throughout the United Kingdom, they are not native to the Isle of Arran. So, when did they arrive and where did they come from? Articles dating from the end of the 19th century indicate badgers were introduced to Glen Sannox around …