Arran Banner letters – week 2

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Craig Dhu remembered


The article in the Banner about the Craig Dhu guest house in Lamlash (Saturday December 29) reminded me of three memorable holidays in 1952, 53 and 54, that I had with my parents.

We visited during  the KIlmarnock Fair fortnight in August and so there were several family groups from the town like ourselves. There were also folk from Paisley and Clackmanan I remember. I attach a snap showing me with my mother’s bike in front of the entrance porch in 1954.

On our first visit we were ‘housed’ in a wooden shed situated in the rear garden at the end of the drive. In the later years we were ‘promoted’, as frequent visitors, to the annex. This addition to the house on the right end of the house as you face it, is still there but it no longer has an external door as far as I can see.

The receipt displayed by Ms Linton showing a two week family holiday at £35 7/- is interesting too. I remember my father having £1 a week reserved from his £8 wage packet every week to accumulate to pay for the summer holidays. In the early 1950s the cost was around £30 for the three of us. As this was around four weeks’ wages it was an significant family expense despite the amount seeming now to be low.

The location of the guest house was ideal for a child living away from the coast. Right in front of the guest house was the sea with a narrow sandy bathing strip. In these days there was a lot of international shipping on the Firth of Clyde so from the windows of the Craig Dhu you could spot  large cargo ships in light tropical colours making their way to and from Glasgow.

Sometimes a large naval ship would pass in the distance and about 15 minutes later the wash would come crashing on to the beach as it swept between Clauchlands Point and the Holy Isle and into the bay.

Happy days.


Ian A Brown,


Ian Brown on his mum’s bike at Craig Dhu in 1954. No_B02letters01

Where does money go?


Your front-page (Saturday December 29) reports that tourism is worth more than £60 million pounds a year to Arran. Where does the money go? It is certainly not going into the pockets of local people.

It has previously been said that only two hotels on the island can afford to pay the real living wage of £8.75 per hour. What does this mean? Is the £60 million figure an illusion, or are a  lot of people working for next to nothing? It sounds like a rip off to me. Why don’t you try and get to the bottom of that one?


Alistair McIntosh,