There was a welcome relief all round on Arran as confirmation came, as expected, that Ardrossan would remain as the mainland ferry port. The decision to continue 182 years of ferry services between Arran and Ardrossan has been welcomed both on the island and in Ardrossan after the failed bid by Associated British Ports to take the ferry to Troon.
There was high hope this week that new life is about the breathed into a rundown site in the centre of Brodick. The McLaren Hotel, just yards from the ferry terminal, has been lying abandoned and derelict since it closed two and a half years ago.
Arran High School pupils were among 100 students from Ayrshire and Arran who got the chance to play at the home of the Glasgow Warriors last week as they competed in the quarter-finals of the ScottishPower Warriors rugby championship at Scotstoun Stadium.