Find out what the locals get up to …
Many of the islanders volunteer for emergency services, as well as community and conservation organisations. Your interest and support are warmly welcomed.
The Arran Trust
The Arran Trust provides a “Visitor Gifting” scheme that directly benefits the island environment. Find out how to make a contribution via their website or Facebook.
Arran Mountain Rescue
Arran Mountain Rescue is committed to rescuing and helping people in difficulty in the hills on Arran. All team members are experienced hill walkers or mountaineers with a vast amount of local knowledge between them. Team members are on-call 365 days a year and are unpaid volunteers giving up their time to help people in need. Find out more about their fundraising activities and events on Facebook.
If you’re planning a day out on the hills, you can use this form to record your details and leave with a responsible person.
The island benefits from having a number of committed emergency teams comprising over 120 individual responders. Since October 2010, Arran Resilience has brought these teams together in order to enhance effectiveness when dealing with multiple or major incidents. In addition to regular liaison meetings, Arran Resilience aims to offer responder training opportunities, as well as continually develop cross-agency teamworking.
Firefighters, ambulance crews and police officers are joined in Arran Resilience by lifeboat, mountain rescue and coastguard personnel, as well as doctors and staff from NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
Royal Navy crews from the HMS Gannet search and rescue Sea King helicopter, North Ayrshire Council, the Forestry Commission and ferry operator CalMac are also members of the partnership.
Shortlisted along with London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police, it was the island's emergency responders who were named 'Britain's Resilience Team of the Year' at the recent awards ceremony in Birmingham.
RNLI (The Royal National Lifeboat Institution)
The Arran lifeboat covers the inshore waters and coast around Arran and is on call 365 days a year for emergencies and rescues at sea. Watch video clips of their training exercises (and some footage of marine life encounters, including a basking shark) and find out more on by followng this link to their FB page.
Arran Ranger Service (The National Trust for Scotland)
A small countryside ranger team based at Brodick Castle responsible for Brodick Country Park as well as the island's highest peak Goatfell and the surrounding mountains. From estate management to biological monitoring, guided walks and environmental education, we do it all! You can find us at the countryside centre above the adventure playground in the castle grounds.
Find out more about forthcoming events by following this link to their Facebook page.
COAST (Community of Arran Seabed Trust)
COAST is recognised as one of the UK’s leading community marine conservation organisations and enjoys widespread support on Arran and nationally. Follow their activity and see some amazing images of the Arran seabed on Facebook.