The Centre started life in 1979 when the late Hugh Mckerrell and his wife Christine bought the old former Primary School of Lochranza to run as an outdoor study Centre. In the early eighties the centre accommodated around 50 persons. Thanks to the support of the Highlands and Islands Development board in the mid eighties the Centre was able to expand to take around 80 persons.
In 1990, Hugh Mckerrell and his wife decided to retire from the Centre and Hugh pursued other interests, such as the setting up of the Arran Coastal Way and setting up the Arran Antiquarian Society. Peter Gordon Lawrence of PGL fame bought the Centre at this time and it remained under the ownership of PGL until 2015. During this time the Centre expanded in capacity to be able to take over 100 persons. Outdoor activities and family Active Holidays were also developed during this period.
In 2015, PGL announced that they no longer wished to operate the Lochranza Centre premises. This created the prospect that such a lovely and inspirational location would be lost. The current Directors, Stuart Blake and Chris Traill who together have over 55 years experience at the Centre tried to gain financial backing to be able to purchase and run the site. Thanks to the help and support of some small investors, Triodos Bank and the local Community, on October 20th 2015, the Centre launched as a not for profit, Community Interest Company. We are extremely grateful to all those people who have wished us well and supported us via their loyal custom. We are also extremely honoured and proud to be the custodians of such a special location which we hope everyone will have a chance of visiting sometime in their lives!
We hope that some of the images throughout the website entice you to visit the centre.
Stuart Blake and Chris Traill – Owner Directors.