A New Ceilidh Band is Born

There will be a Family Ceilidh in Whiting Bay Hall on 15th October, courtesy of the recently formed Arran Ceilidh Band. The Band is available for private bookings such as birthdays, weddings and parties. Introducing the band: On fiddles are Alice Maxwell and Rhodri Herapath. Alice played with the String Road Potholes ceilidh band for …

Help craft an Ogham Alphabet with Arran Geopark

An Arran Geopark Event: Volunteer Day! Crafting the Gaelic Tree Alphabet in Lochranza Saturday, 9th October 2021, 10 – 4pm The Ogham alphabet is sometimes called the ‘Gaelic Tree Alphabet’ or ‘Celtic Tree Alphabet’ as each letter is assigned a tree or plant name. We love it so much that we want to proudly display …

Arran Visual Arts workshops

Arran Visual Arts is back with a Workshop programme to end 2021 On Saturday 23rd October Arran artist Heather McLeod will lead a workshop on Silk Painting. Held at the Ranger Centre, Brodick Castle, the workshop will run from 10 – 4 pm. No previous experience is necessary. For information on how to book please …

Peace Cranes exhibition extended

Peace and Justice Scotland launched the exhibition Peace Cranes in early August to coincide with Hiroshima Day, and have now raised funds to keep the installation open until 14th November. If you haven’t had a chance to visit yet, it is a truly remarkable piece of art based on the dedication of dozens of volunteers over …

Living the Celtic Year – the autumn equinox

Living the Celtic Year Ceremonies By Debbie and Steve Merritt Druid prayer for peace Deep within the still centre of our beings, may we find peace Silently within the quiet of the Grove, may we share peace Gently within the wide circle of humanity, may we radiate peace Some people have asked if they have …

Arran comes out tops

By Alice Maxwell My Mum first climbed Goatfell at the age of 16 in 1957, and since then she has made the ascent (and descent) at least ten times over the years. This year was her 80th birthday and her dearest wish was to climb her favourite mountain with her family on her birthday. Ferry …

Make a splash with Arran’s new Snorkel Trail

COAST and the Scottish Wildlife Trust released this message in the summer with the launch of Arran’s new snorkel trail.  The sea surrounding the Isle of Arran on the west coast of Scotland is bursting with marine life. For over a decade, parts of the area have been highly protected against any extraction and therefore …

Stroll with It Arran! Health Walks

Welcome to Stroll with It Arran! Health Walks Walking is a great way to stay healthy and get fitter as well as being good for our mental health. If you would like to walk more, build up your confidence and explore Arran, joining a health walk could be the answer. This summer the Stroll with …

Guided walk with Arran Geopark and Arran Arts Heritage Trail

Join the Arran Geopark and Arran Arts Heritage Trail to explore some of the new Arran Arts Heritage Trail artists and locations. They will be guiding a walk around the Kingscross point on Thursday 15th July 2021 from 10am – 1pm A stroll from Whiting Bay to Kingscross point to discover how artist’s have been influenced …

The Arran Repair Cafe

A few people have been quietly collecting tools over the last few months with a view to making Arran’s first Repair Café. The main ideas behind the Arran Repair Café are to keep items in use longer through repair, reducing waste, upcycling items (reusing items for a different purpose), lending equipment, preventing excess produce as …