MV Hebrides drafted in to cover for annual refit

MV Hebrides ferryThe MV Hebrides ferry has been drafted in for the first time to cover the Ardrossan to Brodick ferry route while the Caledonian Isles is away for her annual refit.

The ferry usually operates from Skye on the Uig-Tarbert-Lochmaddy triangle.

For the full story, see the Arran Banner, January 10 2015, also available online at

Funding secured for new Brodick pier

artistic impression new arran ferry terminalEighteen million pounds has finally been secured for the redevelopment of Brodick pier, the Brodick harbour redevelopment group has announced.

Work on  a new terminal building, pier, marshalling area and parking should be complete by 2016.

See the Arran Banner edition of July 26 2014 for the full story. Also available on line at

New Arran ferry terminal building takes shape

artistic impression new arran ferry terminalDesign work on the new £18 million Brodick ferry terminal continues apace.

At the Isle of Arran Ferry Committee this month detailed design plans for the terminal building, passenger access system and surrounding stopping and parking areas were circulated for discussion.

The latest design stage drawings and sketches – including the artist’s representation shown – for the redevelopment, primarily focus on the terminal building.

Read more in the Arran Banner edition of March 1 2014, also available on line at

New Brodick ferry terminal design revealed


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Ground investigation works will start in January for the new ferry terminal at Brodick.

Details, but not necessarily the finished design, of how the new two-storey terminal building and parking areas could look emerged at a public meeting in Brodick.

For the full story and more drawings see the Arran Banner edition of  November 30 2013, also available on line at

Goatfell and Lochranza Castle

A wee taster of the many delights about Arran: views and Lochranza Castle. arran-ferry


Power cut hits the whole of Arran

The island of Arran is currently without power. Schools and shops have had to close and even Arran Music Festival has been brought to a halt.

arranbannerlogoweeScottish Hydro Electric say they have not traced yet traced the fault but will be reviewing the situation again at 11am.

The island is also being battered by high winds and snow, with both the String road and Ross road closed to traffic.

The CalMac ferry sailed this morning – so this week’s Arran Banner has made it to the island! – but the ferries are on amber alerted for the rest of the day and subject to disruption.

When the power returns, see the rest of this week’s news in the Arran Banner or on line at!

‘Calamity Isles’ is back on Arran route


The MV Caledonian Isles ferry has returned to the Arran service. Continue reading ‘Calamity Isles’ is back on Arran route

MV Caledonian Isles

CalMac have just announced that, subject to final inspections on the morning of Wednesday February 21, the MV Caledonian Isles ferry should be back in service on the Brodick to Ardrosssan route on Wednesday afternoon.

The 95-metre, 5,000 tonne ferry hit a harbour wall in Ardrossan the previous Tuesday, February14.

No Arran ferry after Caledonian Ises hits pier


Damaged ferry at Ardrossan

Angry ferry passengers in Ardrossan and Brodick have been left stranded after a serious incident last night, Tuesday February 14 2012. Continue reading No Arran ferry after Caledonian Ises hits pier

Arran hotel claims loss of £10,000 because of ferry cancellations


 Isle of Arran businesses are losing much needed out of season trade due to the ongoing ferry cancellations, according to one of the island’s largest hotels. Continue reading Arran hotel claims loss of £10,000 because of ferry cancellations

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