The Lamlash Bay no take zone was the first and only community proposed no take marine reserve in the UK. To create the marine reserve required marine management in Scotland to rethink its relationship with the marine environment and local communities. This paper explores the early development of the proposal and the actions the local community took to convince decision makers to bring in the reserve. These ranged from exploring the public nature of the fishery to public petition of the Scottish Parliament to threats of legal action for failure to process the application. In September 2008 the no take zone was granted. Since then community proposed a new marine protected area under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 around the south of Arran, in July 2014 the marine protected area was established and in June 2015 management measures were announced. The paper then explores the broader lessons the Lamlash Bay reserve has for broader marine management.