***** Please note the Octopus Centre is currently CLOSED to the public, following Government advice regarding the Covid-19 outbreak*****

The Lamlash Tennis Courts are now open, as per Scot Gov. routemap guidelines. All tennis is “pay as you play” – 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; please adhere to Scot. Gov regulations on social distancing and household mingling.



I am currently working in Alaska on a cruise ship in the inside passage! I have been in glacier bay and Frederick sound for the last few days.

My MSc was Marine Environmental Management with the University of York. With COAST, I did my masters dissertation where I studied the effects of Japanese Wireweed on the local commercially important juvenile fish species in the sea grass beds off the coast of Arran.

While working there I had the opportunity to volunteer with COAST at several festivals where I discussed MPA management and local wildife! It was so much fun getting to work with the community. I also even got to go to the Highland games!

COAST was an amazing group to volunteer with and I would recommend it to anyone!

My favorite Marine animal… I know it’s lame but I think my favorite organism in general is algae! It is an incredible organism that sustains the environment and the food chain. And can also teach us a lot about our past! It’s really an incredible organism. And also it’s stunning when you get the chance to look at it under a microscope!

If you are looking to volunteer with COAST, get in touch with them via Facebook or by phone, I recommend the snorkeling page because you get the opportunity to go out and check out some wildlife with knowledgeable, friendly people!

All in all I think COAST is an amazing organization and vital to the community, they have done so much for Myself as well as for the whole of Arran! If I get the chance I would ABSOLUTELY go back and work with them and if you want to get involved COAST are the people to get involved with!

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