Corrie, Arran

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Corrie Hotel.jpg
Corrie Hotel and Beer Garden
Corrie is located in North Ayrshire
Location within North Ayrshire
OS grid referenceNS024432
Civil parish
  • Kilbride
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtKA27
Dialling code01770
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°38′35″N 5°08′20″W / 55.643°N 5.139°W / 55.643; -5.139Coordinates: 55°38′35″N 5°08′20″W / 55.643°N 5.139°W / 55.643; -5.139

Corrie (Scottish Gaelic: An Coire) is a village on the north east coast of the Isle of Arran in Scotland, 6 miles (10 kilometres) north of Brodick. It lies 2 mi (3 km) due east under the island's highest mountain, Goat Fell. A path from High Corrie 34 mi (1.2 km) to the south, provides access to the hillside. Corrie, and its northern neighbour, Sannox, lie approximately halfway between Brodick and Lochranza.


The village used to be a regular stop for steamers circumnavigating the island, passengers embarking by way of a rowing boat from the "ferry rock". The ferry rock is located midway between the village's two quays. The southernmost quay is known as the "sandstone quay".[1] This harbour and quay used to be the location where sandstone blocks from the nearby quarry were shipped to the mainland, and huge pieces of stone can still be seen. (Sandstone from Corrie was also used in the construction of Kirn & Sandbank Parish Church in Argyll and Bute.)[2] The sheep bollards on the quay walls were moved to Corrie after they were used in the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival. The northernmost quay is "Corrie port" and was also used for shipping products to other locations on the island, the mainland and other islands. Small coastal cargo vessels of a type known as the Clyde puffer were a common sight in the port and the sandstone quay during their heyday. There was also a limestone "mine" in the village, which has a roof lined with fossils of Gigantoproductus.


Just to the north of Corrie's close neighbour, Sannox, the main A841 road leaves the shore and climbs north west over North Glen Sannox towards Lochranza. Corrie Golf Club is located here which was founded in 1892. This 9-hole, 3,896-yard (3,563-metre) hillside course offers magnificent views over the Firth of Clyde and the Arran mountains.

The Corrie Seal, a sculpture by local sculptor Marvin Elliott


High Corrie (Scottish Gaelic: An Coire Àrd), nestling above the village, has long been favoured by artists, including Joan Eardley and Margot Sandeman. A summer school run by Jessie M King was located in High Corrie.[3] The poet and writer Robert McLellan also spent time there.[4]

The McLellan Festival, a celebration of Robert McLellan, is a week long event of local culture, including poetry, arts, music, film and drama.[5]


Population has been falling: in January 2008, only 15 pupils attended the village's primary school, and the number was expected to further drop to 5 by 2012.[6]


  1. ^ "The village of Corrie | Rockview Cottage". 2 September 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  2. ^ History - Kirn & Sandbank Parish Church
  3. ^ "Jessie M King | Mapping Memorials to Women in Scotland". Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Margot Sandeman: Scottish painter | The Times". The Times. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Arran Theatre and Arts Trust | McLellan Arts Festival". atat. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  6. ^ Braiden, Gerry (28 January 2008), "Parents unite to fight 'rushed' closure of school", The Herald, archived from the original on 26 February 2008, retrieved 10 December 2008

External links[edit]