A nostalgic return visit 58 years in the making

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Jane Ann Liston of St Andrews first visited Arran with her parents 60 years ago, aged two. Since then she has made many a return journey, usually staying at Blackwaterfoot.

Recalling that her parents said that their first holiday was in Lamlash, she always wished to know where it was – but the question remained unanswered for more than half a century.

That is, until recently when the mystery was solved with the re-emergence of a receipt dating back to June and July 1958. Now that the receipt for that first visit has come to light, showing that the family stayed at Craig Dhu – tucked away along the Shore Road – the question has been put to rest and reveals some interesting information. Then a guest house, Craig Dhu was owned by J & E Walker and the cost of 14 days accommodation for 2 adults and one child was £35 7/-.

To mark the occasion, Ms Liston returned to the house 58 years after her first visit. She said: ‘It was quite something, imagining my parents there and how they might have spent the fortnight. I’m glad though that the building in which I first stayed all these years ago is still there, what with other features of the island from that time having disappeared.’

Craig Dhu house is now privately owned by Rosita and Nigel Mills, who were delighted to hear of someone who knew some of the history of Craig Dhu.

Rosita told the Banner: ‘We are thrilled to learn that you are doing an article on the history of Craig Dhu.  We have known house from the outside for a long time ourselves, since 1976, as my parents lived in Lamlash.

‘We have been trying to piece together a little of the history ourselves, and the museum has been most helpful with documents.’

A recently discovered receipt revealed the location of Ms Liston’s first holiday on Arran.

Jane Ann Liston returns to Craig Dhu 58 years after her first visit with her parents. NO_B37craig01

A recently discovered receipt revealed the location of Ms Liston’s first holiday on Arran. NO_B37craig02