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By Colin Smeeton
After three years Arran is set for a bumper Easter weekend with events galore around the island.
Not since 2019 have events which mark the traditional start of summer on Arran been held and with the island already packed with visitors this year looks like its going to make up for lost time.
One of Arran’s most popular Easter events is the National Trust for Scotland’s Easter Sunday celebrations at Brodick Castle and Country Park.
A well-established tradition with families for decades, the Easter Sunday celebrations have something for the entire family to enjoy, including traditional games and the ever-popular Easter bonnet competition.
Brodick Castle and Country Park operations manager, Stuart MacKinnon, explained what visitors can expect. Stuart said: ‘After sadly not being able to run what is one of our biggest events of the season for a couple of Easters, we are absolutely thrilled to welcome everyone back this Sunday for the usual family fun.
‘The castle and ranger teams have been working hard to bring back all the much-loved family favourites. Young and old can follow our Easter trail, decorate an Easter egg, take part in the Wacky Races, bring their Easter bonnet to enter the bonnet competition and more. Usual entry rates apply, with small charges for some activities. There is no need to book – see you all on Sunday!’
In addition to the Easter Sunday event, the castle, café, shop and adventure playpark are now all open seven days a week for the season for the first time in a number of years.
Meanwhile at Machrie Bay Tearoom on Sunday, the Easter bunny will be paying them a visit and it is expected to leave little buckets of eggs hidden all over Machrie golf course. Those looking to search for some of those eggs can visit the tearoom for egg hunting details.
Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) have also resumed their Easter celebrations at the Discovery Centre in Lamlash, where adults and children can take part in Curly’s Easter Hunt tomorrow (Saturday). From 10.30am to 4pm visitors can hunt for the Curly octopuses hidden around the centre to discover the magic word to win a bag full of treats.
Also on Saturday, this time in the north of the island at Lochranza, visitors can enjoy Lochranza and Catacol Village Hall’s Daffodil Tea. Between 2pm and 4pm visitors can expect a car boot sale, tombolla and raffle, an egg hunt and, of course, a world famous cream tea.
Moving to the south of the island, at Kilmory, an Easter Fete is being held at 2pm on Saturday in aid of Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) will see all proceeds from their barbeque, bingo, raffle, kids crafts, pub quiz and barbeque all going to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.
While in Whiting Bay an Easter Market is being held on Saturday from 11am till 3pm in the village hall, with a tea room in the lesser hall.
Remi Sloss of Lamlash enjoys the rewards of a successful Easter hunt during Curly’s Easter Hunt at the COAST Discovery Centre in 2019. 01_B15easter01
Children enjoy the sunshine and Wacky Races at a previous Easter Sunday event at Brodick castle. 01_B15easter02
Taking home the prizes in 2019 at the Easter bonnet competition at Brodick castle were cousins Emily Gee of Wales and Alice Holmes from Manchester. 01_B15easter03
The world famous Daffodil cream tea at Lochranza and Catacol Village Hall. 01_B15easter04