***** The Marine Visitor Centre is now re-open, with new policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of everyone *****
– Unless exempt, please wear a face covering
– Only one household, or two individuals inside at any time
– For health & safety, we’ve had to modify our displays and minimise our hands-on experience
– Opening days/hours are subject to weekly change – please check our facebook page for most recent updates

The Lamlash Tennis Courts are fully open, on a “pay as you play” basis – please put money in the honesty box at the courts or donate to us online via our website. We are unable to provide equipment at this time, and all players participate at their own risk.

Octopus centre

Debora has assisted greatly in setting up the Octopus Centre. She thinks that joining COAST as a volunteer is a great way to get involved, meet people, make good use of your skills and learn about Arran’s marine life.

What do you do as a COAST volunteer?
As a seasonal volunteer I help out on all sorts of tasks from running the shop and selling teas and coffees, to preparing web page content and updating our social media. One of my main tasks has been to assist in setting up the Octopus Centre exhibition, which has been challenging but very rewarding. I also run outdoor and educational activities with schools, attend to Octopus Centre visitors and look after the welfare of our marine tank animals and plants.

Why do you volunteer with COAST?
I decided to be a seasonal volunteer with COAST because it is a great opportunity to help out a community based organisation, which works hard to conserve the marine environment. My time with COAST has also given me valuable work experience which will help me pursue my dream career in marine conservation.

Which is your favourite marine animal and why?
The octopus, one of the most wonderful creatures of our seas. They are so intelligent and full of colours that they never cease to amaze me. I love how they are curious and will come out their den to check you out when you are diving close to them.

What would you say to local people who would like to volunteer with COAST?
Do it! It is a great way to get involved with the local community and also help protect what is yours; the sea around your home. Giving your time for a good cause like this will definitely make you feel fulfilled.