Please note that the cost includes the £15 for the ferry service to/from Holy Isle.
A great opportunity to get magnificent views across Arran and parts of the west of Scotland from the highest point of Holy Isle, and to find out about Arran's pioneering No Take Zone and its fascinating underwater life. Run in conjunction with the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST), this walk will provide you with an insight into COAST’s campaigning and marine conservation work, which has resulted in the designation of the South Arran Marine Protected Area.
The island is a Buddhist retreat, so the walking route will be clockwise over the high points of the island returning to the ferry by the shore. Smoking, vaping, alcohol and other drugs are not permitted.
Distance - 6.5km
Highest Point Gained - 314m - Mullach Mòr
Total Ascent - 325m
Walk Duration - 8hrs
Terrain - Rough hill path, some clambering over rocks, some steep ascents/descents
Technical Rating - Moderate
Endurance Rating- 2
Cost - £45 inc ferry cost
Date - Saturday 18th May 2024
Meeting Time - 08:00
Meeting Place - Lamlash Pier
Holy Isle, although only three kilometres long, dramatically rises to over 300 metres in height. It is home to Buddhist monks, seabirds, feral ponies, sheep and goats and boasts a diverse history.
Following the ferry crossing, someone from the Buddhist centre will welcome you to the island.
From the pier the route heads uphill, firstly through pasture, woodland and bracken before following a rough path onto open moorland to Mullach Beag, the first top of the day. A further ascent along a broad ridge and onto Mullach Mòr, the highest point on the island, is rewarded with magnificent views across the Clyde and north towards Arran’s mountains. The descent down to the coast is steep, with cliffs on either side.
The much gentler coastal path back to the ferry is dotted with several traditional Buddhist rock paintings.
At the Buddhist centre, there may be the opportunity to purchase refreshments and handmade crafts, as well as explore the organic vegetable garden
This walk is organised by the Arran Mountain Festival, a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation SC 052229, supported by Auchrannie Leisure Ltd.