24th Arran Folk Festival

Here is a message about the forth coming Arran Folk Festival, from organisers, Arran Events: Welcome to this year’s programme! Our Festival this year runs from 8th to 10th June. There will, of course, be free afternoon sessions in the wonderful Douglas Hotel, hosted by Uncle Keith. As always, feel free to bring an instrument …

Arran Art Trail’s Second Year

The Arran Art Trail is heading into its second year following its launch last Easter. After the success of the Arran Open Studios’ weekends, now in its sixth year, the year round Art Trail began in April 2017. Artists on Arran wanted to provide both visitors and local people with the opportunity to visit practising …

ACLI News

What happened this month… Arran High School Green Show Brilliant eco fun was had at the beginning of March at the High School as all the pupils had the chance to join in with eco activities throughout the day. This Green Show was co-hosted by ACLI and Eco-Savvy and we also invited COAST, Arran Bee …

What’s it like delivering youth work on an island?

Graeme Johnston was last year named National Youth Worker of the Year for his work with Arran Youth Foundations. He, and fellow youth worker Hollie Watkins, recently won a Mental Health Foundation Scotland award for their work with young folk in Arran. Here Graeme shares what’s special about leading youth work on the island. I …

A Call for Volunteers – Arran Youth Foundations

Arran Youth Foundations is looking for volunteers to help the charity deliver their award-winning youth work sessions. We are looking for anyone who is interested in helping local young people, ensuring they have fun opportunities to socialise and develop. AYF employs two youth workers who run up to 15 sessions a week. What we need most help with is our …

Craft and Company News

Twirling & whirling at Craft Club March craft club was, once again, very well attended and we welcomed some new members. The craft this month was paper quilling and Morag led us through the basics before we all attempted to make a flower card. I think members were surprised how accessible this craft was and …

Run Scotland in two days with the new Ultra Tour of Arran

On 14 and 15 April 2018, Race Race Adventure Sports, the UK’s favourite adventure challenge event organiser, 50% of whose annual events are staged in Scotland, will add The Ultra Tour of Arran (UTA), a two day, fully supported and waymarked, off-road adventure run, packing a 100km Ultra distance route and an overall vertical gain …

Mary Reid Concert – Music Arran

Mary Reid, the internationally distinguished harpist, is coming to Arran next month. Her concert for Music Arran is at 7.30 on Saturday, 17th March, in Brodick Hall. Mary grew up in Edinburgh, and began learning the clarsach here, but as a teenager she moved with her family to America, and continued her musical studies there …

News from the Arran Community Land Initiative

Fruit Walk under way The planting of the new orchard is well under way with all our helpers from Arran High, Arran Outdoor Education Centre groups and other volunteers. There will be signage going up soon and a lovely fruit walk to explore and learn about the fruit trees, different ways to grow them, their …

An Intuitive Start to the Year

Our first craft club of the new year was very well attended and we welcomed lots of new members. The session was devoted to intuitive art journaling and led by Fiona Doubleday. This school of journaling draws on both art and meditation and members were set two ‘intuitive’ exercises to complete in two hours. It …