What's On

Eventful times

Arran has an amazing community and whilst we have some big international events, we also want to invite our visitors the opportunity to join in with local events too.

The two biggest, and longest established, events on the island both take place in August – Arran Farmers’ Show takes place the first Wednesday in August, and Brodick Highland Games takes place ‘the first Saturday after the Show’ (there’s a wee quirk for you!). Former Arranachs often flock back home that week as it’s a great way to catch up with old friends from days gone by.

However, if big events isn’t your thing, there’s also lots of smaller community events – village coffee mornings, sales of work, concerts, ceilidhs. These are a great way to find out more about each village, and be sure and take time to listen to the local craic.

Arran’s creativity comes to the fore with plentiful arts festivals and events. Various music festivals (Arran Music Festival, Music Arran, Arran Folk Festival etc) take place throughout the year, whilst the McLellan Arts Festival takes place in September. Arran Open Studios have an open weekend in August when you can visit artists at work. Performing arts also include dramatic performances which take place in villages on an ad hoc basis, as well as the Arran Drama Festival each February.

Arran’s amazing natural environment is also the perfect playground for sporting events such as trail runs, ultra marathons, Arran Sportive, Rugby 7s and Cricket 6s!


There’s always loads to do on your visit to Arran. Every week there are lots of local daily activities that will welcome visitors, as well as larger special one-off events and festivals.

We'll soon update this page with more events happening over the coming year, but here is a taster for now of what's on during December - and into 2022. Note that regular events may be slightly different over the festive period - best to check with the business first!

Throughout December

Shiskine Shines

The residents of Shiskine Valley put up their outside lights to cheer everyone up (not street liughts there you see).  They have a wee competition among themselves and judging is on 16th Dec this year.  Definitely worth a wee drive over to see!


Every Sunday

The Pierhead Tavern

Sunday afternoon mellow music in the bar or on the roof terrace. See full listings on our website or facebook page @ThePHTArran


Every Tuesday

Trev's Pop Music Quiz

Pop music quiz @ The Ormidale  9pm

Test your knowledge and/or guesswork in our fun, informal Pop quiz and compete for "sensational" prizes.

Quizmaster Trevor will be donning the golden jacket and asking the questions.


Every Wednesday

Rock & Pop Bingo at The Ormidale

Join Trev for a fun game (or two) of Rock & Pop Bingo! Listen to some great tracks and score them off on your bingo card for a striaght line or a full house!  Great fun for all!


Every Thursday

General Knowledge Quiz at The Ormidale

Join Tommy every Thursday at 9pm for his famous general knowledge quiz. The oldest established - and best - general quiz on Arran!


Every Friday

Open mic session @ThePHT in Lamlash

We can provide the stage, the audience and instruments plus accompaniment if required.  Come along & play or send us a message before to arrange a set. 


Every Saturday

The Pierhead Tavern

Live music 9pm until midnight  at The Pierhead Tavern @ThePHTArran www.thepht.co.uk for full listings.


4th and 5th December 2021

Inspiration of Wood

Pop into Corrie Hall 10-4pm Sat and Sunday and see what the talented local woodcarvers of Arran have to show you - and buy.  Unique and bespoke designs. Check out their Facebook page for more info!


5th December 2021

Arran Farmers' Market at Bellevue Farm 12-3pm

Lots of local produce for tasting, eating and buying! Santa Claus making a special visit!  Full details on Bellevue Farm Holiday Cottages and Farm Tours Facebook page.


10th & 11th December

Mini Panto: Albert Laddin in Whiting Bay Hall.  

Friday 10th curtain up at 7.30pm; Sat 11th curtain up 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets at the door, Adults £5 and children (under12) £2.


11th, 18th, 31st  December and 2nd Jan

Jolly Jingle Treks with Arran Alpacas.

Please book your places to trek with these lovely animals - which will brighten up your December. Treks include a festive hats/boppers, warm drink and cookie.  Choclate treat for kids!  More detail on the Arran Alpacas Facebook page. 


11th December
St Bride’s Church, Lochranza
At 1pm, the Resol String Quartet will perform “A Typical Romance’
Entry by donation . All welcome 


18th December

Shiskine Valley Tractor Run

Many tractors make their annual Christmas run around the Valley, decorated for the festivities.  Leaving Kinloch at 1:30pm, and heading to Balmichael via Torbeg and the Rodden. Great fun for all to see.


18th December

Live Music with Dark White (Oasis tribute Band)

Playing at the Ormidale Hotel. Check their Facebook page for more details.


21st December

Carols for Christmas

Join Arran Baptist Church and Arran Brass in Brodick Hall, starts 7:15pm 


22nd December

Xmas Rock & Pop Bingo

Ormidale Hotel from 9pm. Check their Facebook page for more details. 


23rd December

Christmas General Knowledge Quiz

At the Ormidale Hotel from 9pm. Check their Facebook page for further details


24th December

Christmas Eve Disco at the Ormidale

Please check Facebook page for more details.


26th December

King of Sports at the Ormidale

Try your hand at all manner of fun pub and gaming activities! More details on their Facebook page. 


27th December

Darts & Doms Tournament at the Ormidale.

Take on the local all-comers in this fun evening.  More details on the Ormidale Facebook page.


30th December

Quiz of the Year at the Ormidale

What do you remember about 2021? Test your knowledge, from 9pm


31st December

Hogmanay at the Dale

This will be a party night with tickets in advance. More details on the Ormidale Facebook page. 


Christmas time on Arran time!