Arran's joined-up thinking

Arran's joined-up thinking

A quick island tour soon reveals how interconnected the food producers are

Arran's food producers are an interconnected lot. Arran Fine Foods, at the south edge of Lamlash, uses whisky from the distillery in its Arran Malt Whisky Marmalade. At the wild north-east tip, Isle of Arran Distillery sells chocolates made by James of Arran using its cream liqueur, Arran Gold.

Every year, the distillery hosts the Malt and Music Festival. Robin Gray, of Robin's Herbs, caters the opening night dinner and supplies leaves for the event. The Arran Butcher also creates bespoke pork, whisky and apple sausages for the festival. Glance at the distillery café menu, and you'll see Wooleys' oatcakes and local cheese listed.

Close to Blackwaterfoot on Arran's west coast, the cheese farm at Bellevue makes Island Cheese. Taste of Arran distributes this and other local produce. Through the website, it sends cheese, oatcakes, mustard and beers all over the UK and other distributors take the products as far afield as Dubai.

A The Arran Butcher
Harbour View, Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8EZ
Traditional butcher for the island and source of local haggis and black pudding. Also trades from a weekly mobile shop.
B Bellevue Cheese Company
Bellevue Farm, Shiskine, Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8EX
From a modern creamery converted from a former milking shed, Bellevue Creamery produces Arran Blue, a pasturised, semi-soft blue cheese similar to the French ‘Bleu de Auvern’ and Silver Medal winner at the 2006 British Cheese Awards. In the heart of…
C Arran Distillery
Lochranza, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8HJ
One of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland, Isle of Arran Distillers is based at Lochranza. There were over 50, mostly illegal, distilleries on the island in the 19th century. Isle of Arran is now the only one, after production…
D Wooleys of Arran
Invercloy, Brodick, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8AJ
Wooley's of Arran bake breads, rolls, cakes and their famous oatcakes in their Brodick bakery, selling there and from a smaller shop in Lamlash.
E James of Arran
Invercloy, Brodick, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8AP
Trading as James of Arran, the long-established Arran Chocolate Factory sells a traditional range of chocolates online, wholesale and from a shop on Brodick Bay seafront.
F A Taste of Arran
Market Road, Brodick, North Ayrshire, KA27 8AU
A Taste of Arran brings together 11 premier food and drink producers from the Isle of Arran, and acts as the single point for sales, marketing and distribution. The oatcakes, cheeses, mustards, beers and other foods are all hand-made on the tiny island…
G Arran Fine Foods
The Old Mill, Lamlash, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8LE
Arran Fine Foods have operated from their small factory for nearly forty years, when they first started producing mustards from a tiny kitchen on the island. Now owned by Patterson Arran Ltd, over time their product range has developed to include…
H Robin's Herbs
Gray's Cottage, Kingscross, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8RG
Former chef Robin Gray grows herbs, salad leaves and vegetables in polytunnels in a shore-side garden and nearby field that can be reached by strolling along the beach from Whiting Bay. Reclaimed from former rough grazing, stepped terraces and raised…