Holy Island


Just off Lamlash, this island is owned by the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre and used as a retreat, but day visits are allowed. A tide-dependent ferry zips across from Lamlash. No dogs, bikes, alcohol or fires are allowed on Holy Island. A good walk to the top of the hill (314m) takes two or three hours return. You can stay at the Holy Island Centre for World Peace & Health. Prices include full (vegetarian) board.

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1. Isle of Arran Heritage Museum

5.45 MILES

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2. Arran Aromatics

5.63 MILES

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3. Brodick Castle

5.78 MILES

This elegant castle 2 miles north of Brodick evolved from 13th-century origins into a stately home and hunting lodge for the Dukes of Hamilton. You enter…

4. Isle of Arran Brewery

5.81 MILES

This brewery, 1.5 miles from Brodick off the Lochranza road, produces the excellent Arran beers, which include the addictive Arran Dark. Tours run daily:…

5. Torrylinn Cairn

8.61 MILES

It's a 10-minute walk from Lagg or Kilmory to Torrylinn Cairn, a chambered tomb over 4000 years old. Its stones, protruding at various points across a…

6. Lagg Distillery


Still under construction when we last passed by, this new malt-whisky distillery will open to visitors in 2019. Run by the same folk who operate the…

7. Machrie Moor Stone Circle

9.64 MILES

On the western side of Arran island is Machrie Moor Stone Circle, a pleasant 1.2-mile stroll from the parking area on the coastal road, or an extended…

8. King's Cave

11.08 MILES

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