As a Community Interest Company, the Lochranza Centre and its staff seek to support the local community on Arran. This ranges from organising a variety of family-friendly events for residents to helping out with practical environmental work, as well as supporting local and island-wide community causes.
We can provide a venue for local events or meetings, and host craft fairs showcasing islanders' work once or twice a year, including acting as part of the Arran Art Trail. Each Christmas the Centre lays on a children's party for northend residents, and come spring-time look out for the Easter bunny hopping through the village... Keep an eye on our Events page and our Facebook for any upcoming events!
At the start of 2021, we installed a new electric car charging point, and a water refill station - so feel free to top up on your way past!
Arran's stunning natural environment is well-documented, so we do what we can to protect it. Obviously this involves ensuring our guests respect and appreciate their surroundings - our school groups will very much be following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. But we also help out with beach cleans and general outreach for the Arran Access Trust, clear the rhododendrons from Loch a' Mhuilinn (an SSSI for its dragonfly populations, and fine example of a kettle hole for our Geography groups), maintain footpaths and clear the never-ending bracken around our sites, practise our joinery skills on Arran Coastal Trail boardwalks, and of course act as the base for Arran's Geopark.
Beyond this, centre staff lend a hand in various other activities around the island, going into primary schools to teach kids to cycle, volunteering as qualified first aiders at major events, and of course supporting the Arran Mountain Festival (since all our tutors have completed Mountain Leader training, you'll find some of us co-leading the walks!).
And in times of crisis we do our best - from offering last-minute food and accommodation when exceptional weather conditions kept holiday-makers island-bound at the start of the year, to the support we are offering in these unprecedented times of corona virus. The Lochranza Centre is the Resilience Hub for the island's northend communities. Currently, we:
can pick up essential shopping items, vet or chemist collections, and Home and Gardens Arran supplies
provide safe and separate accommodation for self-isolation
are here to sort out your laptop/iPad and get you online
offer Skype facilities
are available for outdoors tasks like dog walking and gardening
have undertaken an Everest Challenge to raise funds for the NHS, climbing Torr Nead (the hill on our doorstep) repeatedly until we broke the height of Mount Everest. We more than doubled our initial fundraising target - to read more about the event:
and are open to any suggestions and ideas you may have as a community as to how we may be able to make use of our facilities at the Centre.
For more information on any of the above, or if you are in need of any support, please contact the Centre.