Holy Island (Arran)

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Holy Isle is around 3 kilometres long and 1 kilometre wide, dominated by the rocky Marilyn of Mullach Mòr (314m). This fairly strenuous walk leads up to the summit, returning via the easy shoreline path. The island is now owned by the Samye Ling Buddhist Community who have established the Centre for World Peace and Health on the north of the island.


Rough footpaths and some minor hands-on scrambling over rocks below the summit of Mullach Mòr . No dogs allowed on the island.

Public Transport

Bus to Lamlash, then ferry.


Passenger ferry from Lamlash . Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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