Lamlash, Isle of Arran, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the village of Lamlash which is located on the east coast of the Isle of Arran, off Scotland’s West Coast, and  just south of Brodick.

The name is a contraction of the Gaelic Eilean mo Laise, which refers to Holy Island opposite.

Key features:

  • Lamlash is the main administrative centre for the island.
  • Offers a sheltered bay protected by Holy Island.
  • In the village centre is a line of quaint 19th cottages known as Hamilton Terrace.

Holy Isle

Hamilton Terrace, Lamlash, Arran

  • Now a focus for yachting and leisure activities.
  • Offers a good choice of hotels and lodgings.
  • Home to a par 64, 18 hole golf course.
  • Site of Scotland’s first No-Take Zone which was established in 2008 to protect precious underwater beds of maerl, a coral like seaweed and important habitat for wildlife including scallops, young cod and haddock fry.
  • On hiking and cycling routes.
  • Close by is the ruined Kilbride Chapel where there are many old burials.
  • Between Lamlash and Brodick can be found a prehistoric stone circle dating back, possibly, 4000-5000 years.

Lamlash Stone Circle, Arran.

  • Home to a memorial to the Arran Clearances of early 19th century when large numbers of islanders were forced to emigrate.

Memorial to Arran Clearances.

Memorial plaque to Arran Clearances.

Lamlash Bay

Lamlash impresses as a relatively quiet location albeit with many options for the visitor.