***** 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.

at the Octopus Centre.
Octopus Centre

The Octopus Centre is Scotland’s first MPA visitor centre, and it is led by COAST and the people of Arran. This project has come together thanks to the drive, skills and commitment of over a hundred volunteers working along with our staff and the contribution of many generous donations and grants.

We strive to educate the new generation and offer educational activities at the Octopus Centre. Our Marine Outreach Officer will be happy to discuss specific requirements and tailor lessons to best suit your needs. We can offer classrooms sessions and we offer support to John Muir Conservation and Duke of Edinburgh Awards. To plan your visit and discuss costs please contact us. We do our best to accommodate all requests but we appreciate as much notice as possible regarding dates in order to avoid disappointment.