Friday, December 3, 2010

ISLE of ARRAN / Lamlash...

Lamlash is the largest settlement on Arran, and the true capital of the island Brodick may have the ferry terminus, but Lamlash is home to Arran's main hospital, its high school, and its local government offices.
It is obvious when you approach by road from the north, it also has a golf course ideally located to give stunning views of Lamlash Bay and the imposing Holy Isle.

                                     just some of the

                                        great views of...

                                         Holy Isle

                       as seen from the golfcourse and the road


   as you descend the hill past Lamlash Colf Club into Lamlash

Lamlash also benefits from being the prettiest and most thoughtfully developed of Arran's villages. It faces south east across Lamlash Bay towards the imposing bulk of Holy Island and benefits from standing a little way back from the shore, allowing space for an informal promenade and pier-related activities on the seaward side of the main road.

                                   THE HOLY ISLE

 There was a time when Lamlash vied with Brodick to be the main port on Arran. With the natural protection afforded by Holy Island laying across the mouth of Lamlash Bay, Lamlash had many natural advantages that have long been appreciated. King HÃ¥kon IV of Norway sheltered his fleet here before his defeat at the Battle of Largs in 1263. Rather more recently Lamlash served as a naval base during both world wars,

with Naval ships frequently taking advantage of the shelter afforded by the bay: and their officers of the hospitality afforded by the Golf Club.
The future Kings, Edward VIII and George VI, both signed the Lamlash Golf Club visitors book when naval ships they were serving on as princes moored in Lamlash Bay.
But when the age of the steamer became the age of the ferry, earlier and faster investment in Brodick's harbour facilities ensured it would become the predominant ferry port.

 the Holy Isle ferry speeds it's
way back to Lamlash...

  Lamlash enjoys the title of unchallenged yachting and leisure sailing capital of Arran. This emphasis on sailing is obvious from any walk along the shore in Lamlash.  The bay itself is home to many moored boats of all shapes, sizes and budgets.

  Back on shore a range of nautically focused facilities are available, and turn up on any day when the weather is favourable and you will find the entire waterfront a hive of activity.

  with both Arran banks located in Brodick, this 'Bank on Wheels' travels the island...with this GRRRRR-GRRRRR ferocious guard dog scaring off all McDesperados...

Coupled with the island's best and most attractive collection of buildings, Lamlash manages to epitomise the Victorian charm and gentility that originally brought so many trippers to Arran in the latter half of the 1800s, and has kept them coming back ever since.

  and this is...

  charming Hamilton Terrace

                                         former fishermen's cottages

 Memorial to 'The Clearances'...when thousands of  islanders were forced to leave Arran in the 1800's...

                         most settled in Canada and the USA



                                             looking north over Lamlash Bay...

In more recent times, Lamlash Bay has been at the forefront of efforts to conserve our marine habitat. The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) has established a "No Take Zone" (NTZ) at the north end of Lamlash Bay and establish a Marine Protected Area in the remainder of the bay. A NTZ designates an area of seabed from which no marine life can be removed by any means, whether commercial or recreational,* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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