Arts & Culture

Rock the Nile 2024

We’ve not enjoyed the best of weather so far this year, but the clouds parted on Easter Saturday for Ayr’s annual Rock the Nile event.


Ayr is a town that has a rich cultural history dating to the days of the bard. A town that is proud host to the oldest art deco cinema building in Scotland and as the recent rejuvenation taking place in Ayr High Street sets a precedent in preservation, we looked back at Ayr’s High Street past for the next step in once again achieving Ayr’s legendary status in Scotland’s culture and arts.

Drew McCulloch

When you think of the glamorous world of rock and roll, the Ayrshire town of Ardrossan isn’t the first place that springs to mind. It is, however, the home town of one of the most engaging and interesting characters I have met, and also provides inspiration for the title of his most recent album, Cannon Hill, the area where he grew up.


Prior to my chat with local author, Martin Stewart, I’d read his recently released debut crime novel, Double Proof. The protagonist, Robbie Gould, is introduced to readers wearing a dressing gown, a plastic rain bonnet and a pair of slippers, as he drinks tea from a pink mug. The image instantly puts a smile on my face. It’s a smile that remains until the very last chapter. I love it when a book does that!

Theatre of Dreams

Collaboration is king when it comes to performing on the pitch and on the stage. The similarities between football and theatre start with getting your team right but don’t end there.

To Weather the Storm

We have been deeply affected by COVID-19, and the evidence is clear. Around a third of adults and young people said their mental health had deteriorated over the last two years. We have a real problem… loneliness, insomnia, anxiety, trauma, lack of personal care, and a general feeling of helplessness.

Brian McFie

Brian McFie has seen pretty much all that the world of rock music has to offer – the thrill of landing record deals with major labels, the joy of receiving critical acclaim, the excitement of touring the world, and the personal and professional lows that can follow the loss of a record deal and the dissolution of a band.

Arran’s floating airstrip

Did you know that a floating airstrip was once anchored off Lamlash? And, no, I don’t mean an aircraft carrier but an actual runway which not only floated but gently undulated as it rode on top of the waves.

South Ayrshire Museums & Galleries

If you were a South Ayrshire kid in the ‘80s, you might remember the occasional visit to Rozelle House – or at least racing around the huge gardens playing hide-and-seek or looking for squirrels. Today, the grounds are as impressive as ever (37 hectares, no less). The biggest changes have been to the interior – and the best may be yet to come.


Artist, Victoria Lemon, has a beautiful home. There’s much to admire about the traditional, sandstone fronted property, both inside and out. However, it’s the artwork on display inside the house that really catches my eye.