New podcast will give its viewers a sense of Arran

Connect communications consultant Kim McAllister will be the host of The Arran Podcast.

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A new podcast called The Arran Podcast is set to launch next week in an effort at promoting the island and its people, boost tourism, and to welcome back visitors who have been unable to visit owing to travel restrictions.

The venture is sponsored by Arran Sense of Scotland and Connect Communications who will provide the platform with senior communications consultant Kim McAllister as the host. The eight-part series will be about the island and its positive contribution to the mental well-being of islanders and visitors alike.

Kim herself is a lifelong visitor to Arran and her space podcasts for the University of Edinburgh are extremely popular.

Connect sales and marketing director Andrew Russell approached Kim with the idea and she readily agreed to be part of it. Andrew said: ‘I’ve known Kim forever and knew she could help us put together a really appealing podcast series which would remind people why Arran is such a popular holiday destination.’

‘We discussed all the options and I’m really excited about the format. It’s called “The Arran Podcast” because we want to reflect all aspects of the island.

‘Arran has a really special place in people’s hearts and I know many people have really missed visiting during the lockdown period. We want to bring a little bit of the island into people’s homes and hopefully welcome them back soon.’

Each episode of the eight part serious will feature an interview with an islander or a high profile visitor, sharing their stories of special trips and local secrets. The first guest is Rachel Malcolm, captain of the Scottish Women’s Rugby team, whose family has a house in Whiting Bay.

Kim said: ‘It’s a dream project for me, talking about a place I love so much with others who feel the same. It’s an island full of surprises, so I’m looking forward to sharing some insider tips and to travel back there with my family soon.’

The series launches on Thursday July 23 and will be available across all podcast platforms.


Kim McAllister is the host of The Arran Podcast. No_B29podcast01