Holy Isle, Firth of Clyde. Taken from Isle of Arran

This evening, I am posting information on Holy Isle which can be found in the Firth of Clyde, near Isle of Arran, Scotland.

This island has a long history of spiritual significance, viz:

  • Originally called Inis Shroin (House of the Water Spirit), the island later became the home of early Christian, Saint Molaise (circa 6th/7th centuries AD). He lived in a cave, which has since been named after him.
  • Now owned by the Samye Ling Buddhist Community who have established the Centre for World Peace and Health on the north of the island.

Dimensions: About 3 kilometres (1.86 miles) long and 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) wide, dominated by the rocky Marilyn of Mullach Mor (314m).

Access: Via ferry from the Lamlash Pier. Journey takes about ten minutes.

Hiking: With no roads walking is the only way to get around. For serious hikers there is a fairly strenuous walk leading up to the summit of Marilyn of Mullach Mor, returning via the easy shoreline path.

Etymology: The original (Gaelic) name was Eilean mo Laise a contraction of which has been adopted by the coastal village on Arran opposite of Lamlash.

Visitors: Overnight guests are welcome to stay at the Centre for World Peace and Health, which has guest house facilities.

Holy Isle from Isle of Arran, Scotland

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