Strike called off after assurances from government

ferryAll Arran ferry services should be running as normal today (Friday) after the RMT called off a planned 24 hour strike.

For the full story, see the Arran Banner, July 11, 2015, also available online.

All ferries cancelled as strike leaves islanders high and dry

brodick pier calmac ferryA call has been made for a strike ban on lifeline ferry services.

Strike action by RMT union members of the Caledonian MacBrayne staff today (Friday) halted all sailings on the main Ardrossan to Brodick route.

For the full story, see the Arran Banner, June 26 2015, also available online.

Floating restaurants range of Scottish fayre sees them win top food accolade

ferry restaurantsThe floating restaurants on board the two main ferries which serve Arran have been awarded a top food award.

Caledonian MacBrayne has become the first ferry company to take VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best seal of approval to the high seas.

Read all about it in the Arran Banner, February 5 2015, also available as a digital edition.

Funding secured for Brodick harbour project

brodick pier calmac ferryThe Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael has welcomed news that Brodick is one of several coastal towns and villages across Scotland to benefit from £9.8 million of government funding through the Coastal Communities Fund.

The announcement, made on Monday on a visit to Rothesay by chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, has seen £350,000 given to the Brodick harbour project.

For the full story see the Arran Banner, January 31 2015, also available as a digital edition.

Arran campsite expands to meet expected ‘invasion’

motorhomes arranAn Arran campsite is expanding to meet the increasing number of motorhomes and caravans expected to visit Arran because of new cheap ferry fares.

It will cost just  £30.20 return to bring a six-metre caravan or motorhome to the island with the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) summer ferry sailing fares, leading to a big increase in numbers as the high fares previously made it prohibitive to bring large vehicles.

For more details see the Arran Banner, January 31 2015, also available online.

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 www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

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 www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

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 www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

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 www.arranbanner.co.uk/digital

Goatfell and Lochranza Castle

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

 

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