The Holy Island – Kayaking and hiking to Mullach Mor - 1st May 2017
After a superb couple of days adventuring around Arran, we had come to our last day.
Finally the seas had calmed a little after some stiff easterly winds and we had a chance to cross to The Holy Island and explore Mullach Mor!
Another leisurely start and we were on the water not long after 10am… The effects of the easterly winds were soon felt as we journeyed further from shore but we soon reached the Holy Isle without too much drama. A welcoming party of goats came to see what the large orange pieces of plastic were before they went on with their day unfazed by our arrival… A quick change and we were soon on our way around to the main track up the hill. A helpful sign points the way “To The Top” and once again we found ourselves heading uphill!
A grand well kept track soon had us on the minor top of Mullach Beag where we stopped for some snacks whilst enjoying the views across Arran.
A short lived steep section soon followed before levelling off toward the summit. A trig point with some atmospheric prayer flags was reached. Time to relax and enjoy the setting. We were lucky to have the top to ourselves and as the ferry hadn’t reached the Island as of yet. Having had The Holy Island in our sights all weekend , it was grand to be here on the top with the land dropping off into the sea in all directions- a special place and probably my second favourite top in Arran (it’s hard to beat Cit Mhor!!!). The night before we had headed up a promontory above the coast to watch the sunset behind the Arran mountains but the views in the opposite direction to Holy Island were just as good !!!
After some time soaking in the views we descend steeply south dropping down to the light houses and then following the path around the western shore and back to the kayaks. Before long we had made the crossing back to Lamlash and then back to catch the Ferry at Brodick.
A fine adventure and what a place Arran is!! Superb!
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