Arran Theatre and Arts Trust

McLellan FestivalRobert McLellan was the most important Scottish dramatist and short story writer to work in living Scots in the Twentieth Century and his influence on the world of Scottish writing has been crucial. From 2004 - 2007, the McLellan Arts Festival sought to raise awareness of the importance of Robert McLellan, an Arran resident for most of his life, in the annals of Scottish literature and theatre in preparation for the celebration of his centenary in 2007. Since then, the aims of the festival have been to honour McLellan's memory by not only performing McLellan's work, but providing the means of creating new work in Scottish writing by running poetry and playwriting competitions, helping to develop the creative skills of young people, developing the visual arts, including film, running a music school on the island and forging cultural links with other rural and island communities.

McLellan Arts Festival 2018 :

This year's McLellan Festival will run from Friday 31st August to Sunday 9th September 2018.
Tickets for performances can be bought online (see below), at the Book and Card Shop, Brodick from Saturday 25th August or at the door. (All online ticket prices include online booking fee.)


A Festival season ticket which entitles entry to all events (except Poetry Workshop) can be purchased online or at the Book and Card Shop for £42. A massive saving for all festival goers (10 paying events).

Children and young people at school free at all events. To buy tickets for this year's events, click the relevant "buy tickets here" box below and it will take you to the online ticketing section.

Monday 6th August to Monday 13th August

Something of the Sea - COAST Exhibition.
Old Pavilion Lamlash. 11am - 4pm Daily

Friday 10th August to Monday 13th August

Arran Open Studios. Studios open around Arran.
A weekend celebrating the visual arts on the island, with over 30 artists and crafts people welcoming visitors into their studios.

For further info, click HERE

Friday 24th August

Music Arran Presents : Joana Gama (concert pianist from Portugal), and friends (Sandie Bishop & Alice Maxwell on violin, Rose Reid on Cello, supported by Graeme McKinnon on piano.
Community Theatre, Lamlash. 7.30pm.
Tickets £11 (Children and young people at school free.)

Saturday 25th August

Music Arran Presents : SWING 2018 with John Russell, guitar and vocals; Stephen Coutts, guitar; Roy Percy, double bass, and special guest Seonaid Aitken (voted best Jazz Vocalist at the Scottish Jazz Awards)
Whiting Bay Hall. 7.30pm.
Tickets £11 (Children and young people at school free.)

Friday 31st August

Arran Theatre & Arts presents poet Sinead Morrissey, for the first time on Arran. Sinead is the judge of this year's McLellan Poetry Competition and this evening will introduce the winners, and read from her own poems.
Music from Arran Dawn, Arran's famous harp and whistle duo. Corrie & Sannox Hall. 8.00pm.
Tickets £11 (Children and young people at school free.)

Saturday 1st September

Poetry Workshop. A Breath of Fresh Air : Sinead Morrissey leads a workshop designed to let new ideas take wing. Whether you have been writing for many years or are new to it, come along, shake off the dust, and begin - or begin again at Corrie and Sannox Village Hall.
11.00am - 3.30pm. Lunch included. Booking essential. (Cicely Gill 01770 700464 or
Tickets £10.00

Saturday 1st September

Famous Festival Ceilidh Live music from The Drambusters, and local artists Angus Adamson and Tim Pomeroy.
Always a great night of live music, dancing and food.
Whiting Bay Hall. 7:30pm.
Tickets £13 Including Light Supper (Children and young people at school free.) BYOB

Sunday 2nd September

McLellan Arts Festival at Corrie Church
Sacred music and service with the talented music students from the Royal Northern College of Music attending this year's Arran Summer School
Corrie Church. 12.00 noon
Free Event.

Sunday 2nd September

James McEnaney
'A Scottish Journey' Writer, lecturer and journalist James McEnaney talks about his 1500 mile trip around Scotland, based on Edwin Muir's famous book of the 1930s, 'A Scottish Journey'.
Brodick Library. 3:00 pm
Free Event.

Monday 3rd September

Film Night
McLellan Arts Festival Film Night in association with Corrie Film Club. Tommy's Honour Based on a powerful true Scottish story, Tommy's Honour recounts the life of Old Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) and his son Tommy (Jack Loouden) forging the story of modern golf. Also starring local actor Paul Tinto.
Film running time 108 mins.
Corrie & Sannox Village Hall. 8:00 pm
Entry by donation.

Tuesday 4th September

An Arran Clamjamfry : Memories, Pictures and Song.
Arran resident, chairman of COAST, and winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize 2015 for Europe, Howard Wood talks about images that have inspired him. A fascinating evening of memory, biography, and music.
Arran Lodge at Altachorvie, Lamlash. 8pm
Tickets £13 (Children and young people at school free.)

Thursday 6th September

A Scots Hairst
McLellan Arts Festival with The Saltire Society.
A celebration of the Scots tradition in music, song and verse from North East to South West. The three performers from the North East are renowned Aberdeenshire fiddler and composer Paul Anderson, traditional singer Shona Donaldson and Bothy Ballad specialist Geordie Murison. With local perfomers Sheila Gilmore and John Cruickshank.
Whiting Bay Hall. 8pm
Tickets £13 (Children and young people at school free.)

Friday 7th September

Opera Gala Night
McLellan Arts Festival with Arran Summer School.
A night to remember with the outstanding young musicians from the Royal Northern College.
Community Theatre, Lamlash. 7:30pm
Tickets £13 (Children and young people at school free.)

Saturday 8th September

Drama Live New and exciting work from On The Verge Festival 2018.
Corrie and Sannox Hall. 8pm
Tickets £13 (Children and young people at school free.)

Sunday 9th September

Puccini - Messa di Gloria & Vaughn Williams - Serenade to Music.
Beautiful choral music with solo performances by the students of Royal Northern College and with the McLellan Arts Festival Community Chorus
Community Theatre, Lamlash. 7.30pm
Tickets £13 (Children and young people at school free.)

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