Two tests urged for visitors

A ferry service runs from Claonaig to Lochranza.
The ferry service from Lochranza to Claonaig is the only way Covid patients can leave Arran.

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The recent rise in the number of Covid-19 cases on Arran has led to NHS Ayrshire and Arran issuing new advice to both visitors and accommodation providers on Arran.

Health bosses now say anyone travelling to Arran should follow Scottish government advice and take two lateral flow tests for Covid-19 before they depart – one three days before they depart, and one on the day of departure.

‘This is an important way to reduce the risk of bringing Covid-19 into island communities,’ a spokeswoman said.


Arran has just had its worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic, as reported in last week’s Banner, with the number of positive cases reaching 24 before falling back down to 11 before we went to press.

Visitors who tests positive for Covid-19 must self-isolate in their current accommodation and those considered to be a close contact of the positive case will also be asked to isolate for 10 days.

The cost for this will be expected to be covered by the guests themselves. Alternative accommodation is available on the island if this is not possible.

The only way to get off the island, if a visitor has tested positive, is if they have their own car and they can use the Lochranza to Cloanaig ferry route as they can stay in their car.


‘Individuals in isolation should not leave the island via the Brodick-Ardrossan ferry route as this route does not permit individuals to remain in their car during the crossing,’ health chiefs warn.