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Lamlash is the largest village by population on the Isle of Arranmarker, in the Firth of Clydemarker, Scotlandmarker. It lies 4 miles to the south of ferry port Brodickmarker, in a bay on the island's east coast, facing Holy Islemarker.


The name Lamlash dates back to an Irish monk called Las who, in c.590 spent some time in a cave on Holy Island. Las was more usually known as Molas, and the Gaelic name of Holy Island was, as a result, Eilean Molaise. This gradually evolved through Elmolaise and Lemolash to Lamlash, which is what Holy Island was called until early in the 19th century. After that time the name was more normally attached to the village that grew up facing it.

A nearby prehistoric ring of stones suggests a more ancient history.

Lamlash was peripherally involved in the 13th century Battle of Largsmarker.

The village was also the training place for Scottish 11 Commando during the early years of the Second World War.


Lamlash (in red)
Lamlash is located in the southern half of the island, some three miles to the south of Brodickmarker and five miles to the north of Whiting Baymarker. It is on the eastern side and sits on a bay facing the Holy Islemarker and the Firth of Clydemarker.


In common with the rest of the island the village's main industry is tourism. The only secondary school and only hospital in Arran are also located in Lamlash, as are local government offices.


According to Glasgow's Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Lamlash has a good natural harbour offering very good shelter. It has accommodated the Royal Navy Home Fleet and Atlantic Fleet. Local campaigners hope to establish a Marine Protected Area in the bay.


Lamlash has an RNLI Lifeboat station with a B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat, covering the inshore waters around the coast of Arran.

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