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aefintyr…to venture. ‘…implies a strong element of risk & the fear & excitement of facing the unknown and unpredictable… a spirit of restless curiosity.’ — Brian Fagan, Behind the Blue Horizon

The hand-lettered sign in artist Robert Steven’s studio became the theme for our day of touring a few of the fabulous artist studios open to the public for Arran’s Open Studios, a beloved annual event returning after covid absence.

In an idyllic setting looking over the water, with a flowing burn surrounded by a fantasy garden, multi-media artist Robert Stevens translates his artistic vision into multiple media forms, from pottery to sculpture to painting and drawing. (Note the sculptured “Sealot” a combination of Arran’s beloved seals and otters found only in Rob’s imagination.)

Internationally recognized sculptor Tim Pomeroy and his partner, well-known painter Josephine Broekhuizen share studios in a stunning location.


Painter and printmaker Josephine Broekhuizen.


Painter, harp maker, musician, and teacher Heather MacLeod in her color-splashed studio. [Check out Heather’s wonderful overalls, hand-painted by the artist herself!]

Lunch meant a stop for fish & chips at the Kildonan Hotel (considered best on the island by some Arran fans). Add a cider, blue skies, and view of both Pladda and Ailsa Craig islands, and you’ve got the perfect summer lunch. [NOTE: if you have an extra £350K lying around and you’ve always dreamed of owning an island with its very own lighthouse,  Pladda is for sale.]

And if you need a way to get out to your island, Tim Pomeroy is looking for unreasonable offers on his boat…


What came home with me? This amazing mixed-media landscape by artist Jane Greenstreet.

AND to add to the overall awesomeness of last week, we got to see Arran from a new perspective as we sailed on the Waverley, the oldest operating seagoing paddle steamer.