Arran Active among the prizes in retail awards

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Arran Active, the popular outdoor retailer in Brodick, has won another top prize in the prestigious The Great Outdoors readers’ awards.

The shop picked up bronze in the independent retailer category in the 2021 awards after winning a second place silver award last year.

Arran’s largest fully independent outdoor retailer faced some stiff competition with nine other outdoor stores – with five or fewer stores – competing for the title of Independent Retailer of the Year.

Arran Active and Braemar Mountain Sports were the only two Scottish finalists with the remaining retailers all operating in England, including the popular Lake and Peak districts, with the winning store Needle Sports in Keswick.

The awards, now in their 10th year, are hosted by The Great Outdoors magazine, with all of the nominations from the various categories coming from readers themselves.

The store is owned by Andrew and Juliette Walsh, who moved to the island and took over a small outdoor shop at Cladach, before moving their new premises at Brodick in 2016.

Andrew told the Banner: ‘We are delighted that, for the second consecutive year, Arran Active was placed in the top three independent outdoor stores in the UK. It is an honour to be even nominated alongside some truly great stores in the traditional outdoor heartlands of the Lake and Peak districts. As ever, a massive thank you to our amazing customers – thank you for voting too! – and to our wonderful team in the store. We have exciting plans for the season ahead and look forward to welcoming you all. Happy New Year!’

In a statement TGO magazine said: ‘What makes these awards different – and gives extra kudos to the winners – is that it’s you, our readers, who decide the results.

‘From talented authors and tireless campaigners to charming campsites and cosy pubs, the winners across our 15 categories represent the most inspirational personalities, organisations and businesses in the outdoor world.

‘Congratulations to everybody who received an award – and a huge thanks to you all for taking the time to vote for them.”

For a list of winners visit