Holy Island (Arran)
|[Holy Island seen from Lamlash, Arran]|
If somehow Arran isn't quiet enough for you, you can step it up (or down?) another notch by hopping on the boat to Holy Island, a couple of miles off the eastern coast. After a long history of various religious and sacred activity, the island is now owned by the Samye Ling Buddhist Community (of the monastery on the southern Scottish mainland) and home to the ambitiously-named Centre for World Peace and Health. To get the full island experience, you can stay overnight at the centre and maybe attend a course or retreat. For most day-trippers though, a half-day walk along the rocky spine of the island to Mullach Mòr and the wander back along the coast is enough. Note - in accordance with the centre's Golden Rules, you can't smoke or drink on the island (or kill, or lie, or... does this really need saying?).
|[Miniature stupas and flags near Holy Island jetty]|
Name: Holy Island (Arran) ★★★☆☆
Location: 2 miles east of Lamlash off the Arran coastline, G.R.: NS 061302 / music convinced adding
Open (ferry) (2017): Sailings to the island a few times daily from Lamlash, April to October.
Cost (ferry) (2017): £12 for return ticket
Anything else? It's a tiny boat so worth booking in advance, especially at busy times.
|[Ferry arriving at Holy Island jetty]|