Arran Day 4 Kayak Holy Isle

Craghoppers SS24 Holy Isle Hike

Our trip to the Isle of Arran offered a wealth of beautiful scenery and Holy Isle did not disappoint. With the sun shining we arrived at Lamlash Bay where we collected our kayaks and sailed over to Holy Island.

Holy Isle has a rich history. Located in the Firth of Clyde it measures around 3km long and 1km wide and has an ancient spiritual heritage which stretches back to the 6th century.

Our Holy Isle Hike

As we arrived at the jetty on Holy Island near the Tibetan Retreat following a 2.2km journey, we began our hike along White Point. Aside from being known as a spiritual retreat, Holy Island is famous for its wildlife with the remainder of the island being treated as a nature reserve with wild Eriskay Ponies, Saanen Goats and Soay Sheep roaming the land. We were lucky enough to encounter all these animals on our walk as we took in the beautiful scenery.

From White Point we headed up to Pillar Rock Point and up to the beautiful lighthouse which stands proud on the cliff edge. This provided the perfect spot to sit and have some lunch whilst taking in the amazing views across the Firth of Clyde.

Following a short break, we made our way back to White Point and caught a boat to return to Lamlash. The walk was 3.7km total with an ascent of 129m. It is also worth noting that the crossing to Holy Island is only available between April and October.

You can learn more about the route via our Kamoot page, scan the QR code at the top of the page of click on the link here to download the GPX route.

ch_uk-Blog - Author - Joseph Box

Joseph Box

Joe is a keen outdoor enthusiast, enjoying running and bouldering in his spare time.

Publish Date: 19/02/2024