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Monday, 15 August 2011
Consider a Miniature
Arran has been described as 'Scotland in miniature' because of the varieties of landscape within this Firth of Clyde island of 167 square-miles. It has its 'Highland' and 'Lowland' areas divided by the Highland Boundary Fault that traverses Scotland from north-east to south-west. The geological and historical elements of the island attract much attention, but its linguistic traditions are now just preserved in written form. Gaelic, in a variation particularly influenced by Old Irish, was widely spoken here at the beginning of the 20th Century. However, by the 1990s the last of the native speakers died. The local newspaper, The Arran Banner, claims the highest saturation of readership in the UK - by some 97% of residents.