Arran Geopark is managed as part of The Arran Access Trust by a group of volunteer directors and one employee:
- Malcolm Whitmore, Chair, The Arran Access Trust;
- Kate Sampson, Senior Ranger, Brodick Country Park and Goatfell;
- Stuart Blake, Director, Lochranza Centre CIC; and
- Malcolm Wilkinson, Geopark Coordinator.
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The concept of Arran Geopark began in late 2016 when the Arran Access Trust led a partnership with the Lochranza Centre CIC, National Trust for Scotland, and the Arran Heritage Museum. The aims of the partnership were to:
“improve footpaths around important geological sites on Arran and work together to develop and improve digital information and interpretation centres for Geology on Arran, paving the way for Arran to gain UNESCO Global Geopark status.”
The partnership enabled a successful funding application to the Scottish Government’s Coastal Communities Fund in 2017. Further funding was received from the Arran Trust and North Ayrshire Council.
As a result, two new geology interpretation centres were created in Brodick and in Lochranza; the Arran Heritage Museum’s geology room was also upgraded. Leaflets for six waymarked walking trails have been published and interpretation panels have been commissioned for key viewpoints.
A ranger was employed who led a programme of walks and talks from 2017 through to 2019 and an annual island geology festival (‘Geofest’) was held three times.
A footpath team was also employed by the Geopark to undertake key areas of path work. This focussed primarily on sites of geological significance – works were completed at Corrie, Drumadoon, Newton Shore, Kildonan, North Glen Sannox, and Suidhe Fhearghas. The footpath team also provided training opportunities by employing trainees on to develop specialist skills and gain certificates in chainsaw use and first aid.