Livestock farmer David Henderson pictured with some of his sheep at his farm, Kilpatrick Farm near Blackwaterfoot, Arran

Images: Colin Mearns

Arran’s ferry service is in crisis and islanders are in despair. what’s to be done?
I’m chatting to someone who lives on Arran and ask him what effect the ferries are having on his life. Let me show you, he says. He sends me a picture he took on his phone the other day: Friday November 25 at the Brodick Co-op. He’d popped in to get some veg for dinner. Fat chance. Nothing there. Empty shelves. You’d get more vegetables in the Ukraine than Brodick, he says.