An Artists Guide to Arran
Posted: Thursday, 07 July 2005
Wow! what a lot of info, superb! thanks
Susie from Jedburgh
Great! Thanks for the write up. I'll forward the site to everyone I know.
Barbara from Studio 4, Lamlash
Great review it captures the essence of our beautiful island! thank you!
Helen from Whiting Bay
Wish I had discovered this site before my holiday in Arran. Never mind theres always next year!
Anne from Glasgow
Awesome info', well done and I'm soooo going to Arran for my hols this year!
Annie from Germany
Well done! dont know how you managed to fit so much info into such a small space - but what about the Green Harper Gallery, Castlekirk, Lochranza and isn't Marvins seal wood not stone.
Julie from Corrie
i really enjoyed reading your tour round arran. one thing missing: the rock paintings on holy island! they depict different tibetan deities and gurus from the lineage that samye ling is part of, and they're well worth visiting or at least mentioning in your list of art. come and have a look at them yourself!
kristine from holy island
Thanks for reminding me Kirstine! I've been over a few times and have always admired the rock paintings and the Mandela Garden on Holy Isle
Sunny from Arran
Just returned from wonderful two weeks on Arran. Only bad moment was when we tried to go to Lighthouse at Pirnmill which was advertised as opening at 11am but doesn't open till 12. Owner was very rude to me and told me to ****** off when I asked if we could just have coffee. He insisted it was historical that they didn't open till 12 when all round the island were adverts which varied in information - some said they served breakfast, others morning coffee etc. They do neither. Unless you are going to Pirnmill for any other reason don't waste time going there just for the Lighthouse. Such rude patrons don't deserve business! It is supposed to be family friendly - just fortunate the children were outside when he swore at me!
Chris from Kidderminster
I thoroughly enjoyed this site. Having visited all the places you mention (over the last 15 years) it brought back many happy memories of holidays spent on Arran. Concerning the seal made by Marvin Elliott, I understand that they had to wait for a low tide before they could fix it to the rock at Corria. I often wonder how manuy people see it and thinking it is a real seal take a photograph of it! Some years ago My wife abought a seal head which had been produced by Marvin Elliott, who, I understand hails from the Orkney's. Our favourite eating place in Brodick has to be the Brodick Bar and Bistro. We always receive a warm welcome from Iain Macfadzean, the owner. We also used to visit the Brambles Bistro after swimming in the Auchrannie swimming pool. (The original one in the Auchrannie building). Wolley's (the bakers in Brodick) provided us with delicious sandwiches, hot pies, delicious pastries adn cold drinks. Recentl;y we have also patronised the new Bilsland's. For many years we stayed in Brodick, with a retired nurse and her semi retired GP husband, (he has now retired) and we still keep in touch with them and visit them every time we are on Arran. Robin is a bagpipe player and plays with the Arran Pipe Band. We have attended many concerts he has performed in and also seen him perform at many of the Brodick Highland Games. More recently we have stayed at a lovely bungalow called Felmemris in Corrie, which is elevated above the shore road and has magnificent views across to the Scottish mainland. We have attended quite a few "Corrie Capers", which usually concludes with the burning of a "Viking Boat" at a bonfire on the beach at Sannox. Bob Lees was aleading light at these events. I remember him clad as a Viking, complete with horned Viking Helmet! Sorry to hear about Chris' experience at the Lighthouse at Pirnmill. The previous owners (the gentleman had a distinguished looking grey/white beard) were always helpful and friendly! We will be returning to Arran again, (sadly only for a week this time) in late September 2006. Reading this website has rekindled all the happy memories of Arran. Well Done! A superb site which I will tell all my friends and Arran lovers about!!
Malcolm S Bentley from West Yorkshire
This is better than the visit Aran site by miles! It actually tells you about the island! Thanks for all the photos of your adventures on all the other pages. I just clicked on one of the links ong the archive bit on the left and got a wonderful surprise! Having seen all this we've decided to come for Easter!
R. Weatherby from Penwortham
A great site with a lot of information. I look forward to using your guide when visiting Arran in 2010. Many thanks.
J Watson from Coventry
very interesting, and well written but it does need updating again!
fiona from shiskine