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Arran or the Isle of Arran (Scots Gaelic: Eilean Arainn) is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. With an area of 432 square kilometres (167 sq mi) it is the seventh largest Scottish island. It is in the unitary council area of North Ayrshire. In the 2011 census it had a resident population of 4,629. Although it is culturally and physically similar to the Hebrides, it is separated from them by the Kintyre peninsula. Arran is divided into highland and lowland areas by the Highland Boundary Fault and it has been described as a "geologist's paradise". Arran has been continuously inhabited since the early Neolithic period, and numerous prehistoric remains have been found. From the 6th century onwards, Goidelic-speaking peoples from Ireland colonised the island and it became a centre of religious activity. During the troubled Viking Age, Arran became the property of the Norwegian crown before becoming formally absorbed by the Kingdom of Scotland in the 13th century. The 19th century "clearances" led to significant depopulation and the end of the Gaelic language and way of life.The economy and population have recovered in recent years, the main industry being tourism. There is diversity of wildlife, including three species of tree endemic to the area. Full article...
That the Highland Boundary Fault bisects Bute and crosses the southeastern parts of the Cowal and Rosneath Peninsulas, as it passes up the Firth of Clyde?
That Dr. George Cheyne (pictured) was a pioneer of early vegetarianism?
That in 2009 Bruce Kirkcaldy organised the first ever Kirkcaldy family gathering?
That Barnbarroch House in Wigtownshire, seat of Clan Vans was designed by the noted architect and landscape gardener John Loudon, but was destroyed by fire in 1941?
That Inch Galbraith Castle occupies a small artificial island in Loch Lomond?
That Adam Ferguson of Raith (1723-1816) was a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment and has been claimed as the father of modern Sociology?
That a distillery is being developed on the island of Barra?
That St. Ninian, an early missionary to Scotland, may not be a historical figure?
That the Bell family are from the Borders and may be descended from a Norman follower of David I?