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Saturday - 19th May, 2018
Plans lodged for new £9m hotel on old McLaren site
Plans for a new £9 million hotel on the site of the former McLaren Hotel in Brodick have fi...
Saturday - 12th May, 2018
Concern over £13m early years shake-up
A private Arran nursery has expressed concern over what ambitious £13 million plans to deve...
Saturday - 5th May, 2018
Iconic mini golf gets a major makeover
It has entertained generations of children for nearly 60 years. But now the iconic mini golf on Brod...
Saturday - 28th April, 2018
Arran is kept lookin’ bloomin’ marvellous
The floral tubs which brighten up the villages of Arran have been saved. Each of the villag...
Saturday - 21st April, 2018
Castle to stay shut for another year
Brodick Castle will not reopen its doors to the public again until 2019, the Banner can reveal. Cons...
Saturday - 14th April, 2018
Ardrossan harbour works get go ahead
‘The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that the Arran ferry service is fit for the futu...
Saturday - 7th April, 2018
Council maps out £1m roads funding boost
Nearly £1 million will be spent improving Arran’s roads network, with most of the work to...
Saturday - 31st March, 2018
Call for cycle ban on Arran’s danger roads
A call has been made for mass cycle events on Arran to be banned because the island’s roads are to...
Saturday - 24th March, 2018
Open for business
The new £30 million Brodick ferry terminal has finally opened its doors with the first pass...
Saturday - 17th March, 2018
Big funding boost for new community hub
A bid to turn the present CalMac ticket office in Brodick into a community hub has taken a significa...
Saturday - 10th March, 2018
Brodick beach gets beast of a battering
The Beast from the East may have spared Arran the worst of the snow but is has left Brodick beach ba...
Saturday - 3rd March, 2018
New equipment will help tackle potholes
Roads chiefs have new equipment in their fight against the pothole menace on Arran. A &...
Saturday - 24th February, 2018
Early chance to bag a first taste of Lagg
Colin Smeeton firstname.lastname@example.org Residents of Arran and whisky lovers from around the world ar...
Saturday - 17th February, 2018
Multiple order is big boost for boat firm
An Arran boat firm has built a brand new model of boat for a major customer as part of a six-figure ...
Saturday - 3rd February, 2018
Pupils bring plastic straw fight to Arran
Pupils from a Glasgow primary school are bringing their campaign to reduce plastic pollution in the ...
Saturday - 27th January, 2018
Arran’s crumbling roads network is slammed
Arran’s roads have been largely forgotten and are suffering from chronic underfunding, North Ayrsh...
Saturday - 20th January, 2018
New terminal won’t be open for Easter
The new Brodick ferry terminal will not be ready to use until after Easter, it was confirmed this we...
Saturday - 6th January, 2018
Major revamp for Brodick Co-op store
The main Brodick Co-operative Food store is to get a major refurbishment which will start later this...
Saturday - 30th December, 2017
A new dawn for piping
Youngsters are to be given the chance to learn the pipes and drums free in the new year thanks to a ...
Saturday - 23rd December, 2017
Sale talks to start at Brodick Golf Club
Members of Brodick Golf Club have voted to start talks with a consortium interested in buying the cl...
Saturday - 16th December, 2017
Second year-round ferry service sought
A bid is being made turn the Lochranza summer ferry route into a year-round service, making the isla...
Saturday - 9th December, 2017
Sad new Machrie Moor search for missing John
A new search will be held at the weekend in the continuing hunt for missing pensioner John Smith.&am...
Saturday - 2nd December, 2017
Budget cutbacks see fewer forest paths maintained
Cash cuts will see fewer forest paths on Arran being regularly maintained, it has been revealed.&...
Saturday - 18th November, 2017
Welcome to Brodick!
The opening of the new Brodick ferry terminal has been postponed for the second time, the Banner can...
Saturday - 4th November, 2017
Whirlwind wreaks havoc at Corrie’s Sandstone Quay
A powerful whirlwind wreaked havoc in Corrie when a localised vortex of wind picked up boats and tra...
Saturday - 28th October, 2017
Lady Jean’s last goodbye
Mourners line Knowe Road to pay their respects as Lady Jean makes her final journey to the Hamilton ...
Saturday - 21st October, 2017
Brodick ferry terminal has opening postponed
The official opening ceremony of the new Brodick ferry terminal has been postponed this coming Monda...
Saturday - 14th October, 2017
Navy vessel apologises after MPA anchorage
A naval commander has said sorry after a Norwegian minesweeper anchored in the Lamlash Bay No Take Z...
Saturday - 7th October, 2017
Door opens on council house return to Arran
Nearly 50 affordable homes are to be built on Arran in the next four years, it was revealed this wee...
Saturday - 30th September, 2017
£1 million windfall for Arran hospital
The Arran War Memorial Hospital has received a £1 million windfall from a mystery benefacto...
Saturday - 23rd September, 2017
Play parks are saved by communities’ campaign
The community at the south end of Arran have won their fight to keep the swings at Corriecravie.&...
Saturday - 16th September, 2017
Waiting is finally over
Brodick’s new £22.2 million ferry terminal will be open for business next month. ...
Saturday - 9th September, 2017
We don’t want new fish farm expansion here!
Community groups on Arran reacted in dismay this week at the news that the fish farm in Lamlash Bay ...
Saturday - 2nd September, 2017
Plans lodged for slipway
The long-awaited planning application to create a controversial timber stacking yard and slipway at ...
Saturday - 26th August, 2017
Lamlash rallies to save loos
Community support to retain the toilets at Lamlash has received a welcome boost at a public meeting ...
Saturday - 19th August, 2017
Arran top for lifestyle but population crisis looms
A new report has found that Arran is the third most desirable place in Scotland to live. In...
Saturday - 12th August, 2017
Brodick Games will miss Rosie’s big smile
Rosie Cooke, a stalwart of the Brodick Highland Games, has hung up her fancy dress costumes for the ...
Saturday - 5th August, 2017
Changes needed at new waste centre
Arran’s new household waste recycling centre has come under fire for not being user-friendly. The ...
Saturday - 29th July, 2017
Castle bosses act to halt vandalism
Bosses at Brodick Castle have stepped in to halt the ongoing vandalism and misuse of the new adventu...
Saturday - 22nd July, 2017
Laura may be ‘fragile’ but is ready to face her fears
A Brodick teenager suffering from anxiety and cystic fibrosis is challenging her condition and the s...
Saturday - 15th July, 2017
Montrose House meltdown as respite care is suspended
Carers have reacted with outrage after receiving notification that respite care on Arran has been su...
Saturday - 8th July, 2017
Villages rally to save the island’s toilets
There was fresh hope this week that several of the closed public toilets on Arran could be reopened....
Saturday - 1st July, 2017
Arran playparks will be closed within days
Equipment at the seven playparks earmarked for closure on Arran will be removed in days, it has been...
Saturday - 24th June, 2017
Navy spy sub drone washed up on beach
A malfunctioned Navy spy sub drone has been found washed up on an Arran beach. The sophisti...
Saturday - 17th June, 2017
Ferry chaos after engine blows up
Travel plans were thrown into chaos this week after the engine of the MV Isle of Arran blew up in a ...
Saturday - 10th June, 2017
Community join in huge search for missing John
The family of a missing man said a heartfelt thank you this week as the search for Arran grandad Joh...
Saturday - 3rd June, 2017
The changing face of Brodick’s front
Here is the first image of what the new hotel on the site of the derelict McLaren Hotel in Brodick c...
Saturday - 27th May, 2017
Recruitment crisis for emergency services
Arran’s volunteer emergency services may be facing a personnel crisis in the near future unless ad...
Saturday - 20th May, 2017
Deadline looms as teen given Labour mandate
Mark Davey email@example.com Teenagers who turn 18 on polling day – June 8 – have until 1...
Saturday - 13th May, 2017
Toilet sales halted as the fight goes on
The controversial sale of public toilets on Arran has been halted as North Ayrshire Council consider...
Saturday - 6th May, 2017
Well-loved name is back in ferry frame
Arran’s new ferry, which comes into service next year, could see the revival of a famous name from...
Saturday - 29th April, 2017
A penny for your votes
The closure of the Arran public toilets is a political hot potato that just won’t go away, if Mond...
Saturday - 22nd April, 2017
Easter island bonanza
The weather may not always have been kind but Arran enjoyed a bumper Easter which could well be the ...
Saturday - 15th April, 2017
End of an eyesore
There was high hope this week that new life is about to be breathed into a rundown site in the centr...
Saturday - 8th April, 2017
Villagers united in fight to stop Machrie slipway
Residents are set to dig in their heels for a long fight over the proposed timber slipway at Machrie...
Saturday - 1st April, 2017
Nowhere to go as toilets across island are closed
The majority of public toilets on Arran were today (Friday) being boarded up ahead of their sale or ...
Saturday - 25th March, 2017
Council leader makes pledge
The council leader responsible for Ardrossan harbour this week pledged that Arran will get the ferry...
Saturday - 18th March, 2017
Full steam ahead!
Here is the new Arran ferry which should be in service late next year. This new artist’s ...
Saturday - 11th March, 2017
It’s business as usual after shock takeover
It was business as usual at Arran Aromatics this week after a surprise takeover. The announ...
Saturday - 4th March, 2017
All new Ardrossan
The first images of how Ardrossan harbour could look after its £15 million makeover have be...
Saturday - 25th February, 2017
Green cash boost for eco projects
Two environmental projects on Arran are this week celebrating a major funding boost. Eco Sa...
Saturday - 18th February, 2017
Let’s get dug in!
Work has officially started to build the new Isle of Arran Distillery on the south of the island at ...
Saturday - 11th February, 2017
Action needed on affordable homes
Some 200 affordable homes are urgently needed to provide accommodation for the workforce required to...
Saturday - 4th February, 2017
Golf course is a new target for badger pests
The badgers who are causing widespread damage at Lamlash Cemetery have found their way onto the neig...
Saturday - 28th January, 2017
Public water supply has been leaking for eight years
A Kildonan man claims millions of gallons from a public water supply are being wasted because of a p...
Saturday - 21st January, 2017
The gift of Lady Jean
A generous gift by Lady Jean Fforde will see Lamlash green saved for generations, The Arran Banner c...
Saturday - 14th January, 2017
Castle bosses hit back after gardens criticism
Bosses at Brodick Castle are to invite a leading Scots gardener to see for himself the extensive wor...
Saturday - 7th January, 2017
Badgers cause havoc at Lamlash Cemetery
Lamlash Cemetery has been left like a ploughed field after an invasion of badgers. A number...
Saturday - 31st December, 2016
High cost of spending a penny hits saving toilets
Communities on Arran would have to find nearly £60,000 if they want to keep the public toil...
Saturday - 17th December, 2016
Ayrshire and Arran NHS is nation’s worst
The performance of Ayrshire and Arran’s health service has become the worst in Scotland, figures r...
Saturday - 10th December, 2016
Petition lodged in demand for Montrose House probe
More than 750 people have signed a petition calling for an independent inquiry to be held at the Mon...
Saturday - 3rd December, 2016
Ferry route port fight now coming to Arran
Both sides in the great port debate are bringing the battle to Arran. As Ardrossan and Troo...
Saturday - 26th November, 2016
Castle gets £2.6m boost as it shuts for fire works
Brodick Castle is to get an £2.6 million investment boost, it was confirmed this week.&...
Saturday - 19th November, 2016
The new Apostles
A new woodland hotel development would see the 12 Apostles of Catacol replicated in modern form in B...
Saturday - 12th November, 2016
Inquiry demanded into staff fired at care home
A petition has been launched demanding an inquiry into the dismissal of staff at Montrose House care...
Saturday - 5th November, 2016
Breakthrough for farm brothers facing eviction
There has been a breakthrough in the plight of the Arran tenant farmer brothers who were facing evic...
Saturday - 29th October, 2016
Community fund offered if ferry switches to Troon
The company bidding to take the Arran ferry to Troon has made a proposal to to donate around ...
Saturday - 22nd October, 2016
Cremation plan is mooted to ease pressure on graveyards
A proposal to consider building a crematorium on Arran is being explored. The move comes af...
Saturday - 15th October, 2016
Troon makes bid to ‘poach’ Arran ferry
A determined bid is being made by Troon to ‘poach’ the ferry service linking Brodick to the main...
Saturday - 8th October, 2016
End of an era for island institutions
Two of Arran’s longestrunning hospitality establishments have closed their doors for the last time...
Saturday - 1st October, 2016
Fears Holy Isle will never look the same
There has been growing anger this week after the controversial wind turbine plan for Holy Isle was g...
Saturday - 24th September, 2016
GP appointments are cut due to shortage of doctors
The number of GP surgery and telephone appointments on Arran has been cut due to a lack of doctors.&...
Saturday - 17th September, 2016
SOS plea to keep abandoned boats
There has been a public outcry over the decision to remove three abandoned boats from Brodick harbou...
Saturday - 10th September, 2016
A New dawn for Arran Haulage as Donald bows out Armitage brings fresh ideas to take company forward
One of the best known firms on Arran has a new owner. Arran Haulage Services Ltd has been s...
Saturday - 3rd September, 2016
Safety is key as Sportive event descends on Arran
Organisers say safety is their top priority ahead of a major cycling event on Arran this weekend.&am...
Saturday - 27th August, 2016
Major fire prevention works proposed for Brodick Castle
A planning application has been lodged with North Ayrshire Council for major fire prevention work to...
Saturday - 20th August, 2016
Clauchlands is favoured site in search for new helipad
A site is being sought for a vital new helipad on Arran needed for medical emergencies. The...
Saturday - 13th August, 2016
Happy Gilmores’ ... and Scott is pleased too
Heavy event brothers Tom and Rory Gilmore went head to head in the McGlashan Stones challenge at the...
Saturday - 6th August, 2016
End parking peril in Lamlash
Roads chiefs have been asked to come up with a solution to end a parking nightmare in Lamlash.&n...
Saturday - 30th July, 2016
Ray is found by brother she never knew existed
Through a remarkable piece of detective work, an Arran grandmother has been found by a brother she n...
Saturday - 23rd July, 2016
Opposition mounts to new turbine plans for Holy Isle
Retreat chiefs on the Holy Isle are trying to use a planning application from nearly 20 years ago to...
Saturday - 16th July, 2016
dig deep to help Brodick beach
An appeal has been launched to raise money for major improvements to Brodick beach. Brodick...
Saturday - 9th July, 2016
Shake-up for schools after summer break
There has been a major shake-up in the management structure of Arran primary schools with the depart...
Saturday - 2nd July, 2016
New vet surgery needed to cope with growing demand
Arran’s only veterinary practice is planning to double in size, with two new vets also on their wa...
Saturday - 25th June, 2016
Hospital transfer service axed over lack of funds
There was widespread concern on the island this week that a vital hospital transport service, operat...
Saturday - 18th June, 2016
Action planned on the motorhomes menace
A crackdown is being planned on what is increasingly being seen as the menace of the motorhome on Ar...
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