The team who run a popular outdoor education centre on Arran are traversing the island’s three west coast lochs to save it from closure.

Lochranza Centre CIC has been operating as an outdoor education centre for over 45 years.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic the centre has been operating as a community hub, delivering meals, picking up shopping and assisting people with their gardens.

But due to coronavirus restrictions it has lost a significant part of its business which involves catering for school groups.

Chris Trail, managing director, said: “This situation is likely to continue well into 2021 and we do not see business returning to any degree of normality until at least Easter 2021.

“This places a tremendous strain on the resources of the business and could certainly lead to closure in the long term.

“To highlight what we do and support the centre we have come up with a unique charity event.”

In order to bolster the coffers, Chris and team will walk between Arran’s three inland lochs on the west coast, The Coire Lochan, Loch Tanna and Loch Iorsa, and paddle their lengths on inflatable canoes.

They will carry all the gear in and out on the same day.

The massive challenge will be a demonstration of how committed they are to the work on the centre.

Chris said: “We love what we do and we love doing it in this fabulous location.”

They are currently waiting for the ideal weather opportunity so they can document their journey and make the most of the stunning scenery.

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