Arran’s first skiff was launched on 19th September 2015. Arran Trust kindly funded the project and Kenneth Bone and Richard Small presented the cheque to Callum McNicol, chairman of the Arran Coastal Rowing Club. The skiff was then named “Iolair” by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Alastair Grassie. Iolair is skiff no. 108 on the UK register. The name is the Gaelic word for eagle, and she carries a magnificent carved eagle head on her bow. After the naming ceremony, with one of Arran’s delicious whiskies, kindly donated by Arran Distillery, the skiff and her crew were piped to the water, cheered on by a big crowd for her maiden voyage. Thank you to our piper Ross Kerr.
Iolair proved to be easy going on her maiden voyage and everybody enjoyed rowing her. The superbly balanced oars were made by Mac Macdonald. Join us and try for yourself – new club members are very welcome!