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The Holy Isle, Lamlash
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The Holy Isle is one of a number of islands in the United Kingdom which go under the name "Holy Island". It is located in the Firth of Clyde off the west coast of central Scotland, inside Lamlash Bay on the larger island of Arran. The island is around 3km long and around 1km wide. Its highest point is the hill Mullach Mòr.HistoryThe island has a long history as a sacred site, with a spring or Holy well held to have healing properties, the hermit cave of 6th Century monk Saint Molaise, and evidence of a 13th-century monastery. An old Gaelic name for the island was Eilean MoLaise, Molaise's Island; this is the origin (via Elmolaise and Limolas) of "Lamlash", the name of the village on Arran that faces Holy Island.Some runic writing is to be found on the roof of St. Molaise's cave and a Viking fleet sheltered between Arran and Holy Isle before the Battle of Largs.In 1549, Dean Monro wrote of the "little ile callit the yle of Molass, quherin there was foundit by Johne, Lord of the iles, ane monastry of friars, which is decayit."Present dayThe island is now owned by the Samyé Ling Buddhist Community, who belong to the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. The settlements on the island include the Centre for World Peace and Health, founded by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, on the north of the island. This is an environmentally designed residential centre for courses and retreats which extends the former farm house. It has solar water heating and a reed-bed sewage treatment system. The approach from the ferry jetty is decorated with Tibetan flags and stupas. On the southern end of the island lives a community of nuns who are undertaking three year retreats.
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  • I went on a short weekend course and I loved the calming atmosphere at the Centre for World Peace and Health. Just a breath of fresh air to dip out of the rat race and spend some time being... well......  more »
  • Beautiful secluded island, owned & administered by the Rokpa trust, a Buddhist community. The retreat centre is for World peace & health. Runs many retreats throughout the year. The island can be visi...  more »
  • This view, peacefull. Well one on best trips so for in Scotland. Around couple pubs which serve arran beer and local food. Worth to see if you are visiting island. 
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  • A great place to visit - All very relaxed and, behind the scenes, it's terrifically organised, everything runs without a hitch. The Holy Isle is a centre to come to for for peace and quiet. It's run Buddhist folk - who, thankfully, do not waste any time trying to "convert you" to their way of thinking or push any philosophy at you. The place is very down to earth, the food is very good and there is plenty to eat any time of the day. I stayed in a single room, which was warm and very comfortable - it was cold December outside. The showers were good and the toilets spotless. There was no noise at night. The wee Island is bonny, you can walk up the hills and round it in a couple of hours. It is a very special place.
  • Well haha, aherwa aherwa the holy island Saturday Next Birthday Party!!!! Tent camping stove,logs fa the garage and Raymonds turn ta!