When Arran took a Boxing Day battering
Twenty years ago this week Arran was badly hit by a Boxing Day hurricane which caused widespread devastation across the island.
Winds of 105 miles an hour (170km) hit the island, and much of the west of Scotland, in one of the worst storms seen in many years. Anything which was not securely battened down took off and roofers had a busy time in the following days repairing scores of houses where slates and flashings had been lost.
By around 8pm on Boxing Day the lights were out all over Arran after power cables were brought down and some of the island was without power for several days and trees blocked roads around the island.
Brodick Castle and Country Park was particularly badly hit by the storm, losing 296 trees in the garden and more than 1,000 in the country park. Many rare shrubs and plants were destroyed in the garden and the castle suffered some structural damage. Clearance work by contractors, gardening staff and many volunteers continued for many months.
Here is a reminder of just some of the devastation that the hurricane brought.
Clockwise from top: Merkland alongside the castle wall with the wind still howling.01_B52storm06; A cupola from the Lochranza distillery lies mangled in a field some 100 yards from the building. 01_B52storm08; The Ford Fiesta which saved the Auchrannie Hotel. Had it not made the sacrifice the tree would have gone through the hotel roof. 01_B52storm01; The remains of a sawn off tree resting on the smashed fence. 01_B52storm07.