Lamlash is just 3 miles south of the ferry terminal and another small ferry service over to Holy Island operates from here every hour during the summer. At the southern end of the bay is Kings Cross Point, the nearest point to Holy Island. Robert the Bruce embarked for the mainland from here when he saw a signal from Turnberry.
The village is of historical importance and home to many of the island's longest established services. The bay is a sheltered natural harbour and is a haven for boat users with good sea angling opportunities too. Underwater enthusiasts can visit Derwent shipwreck in the bay, dating back to 1880. There are a many places to eat and drink along the seafront. Holy Island is a small island lying a mile off the Arran coast, rising a thousand feet out of the sea and was the site of an early Christian monastery.
In 1263 before the Battle of Largs, the Norse king Haakon anchored his fleet in Lamlash Bay, opposite to the Island on Arran. The cave of Saint Molaise, who lived and died here in 639 after accepting 30 diseases at once to avoid purgatory, has runic inscriptions, which may have been made by Viking sailors at this time. Today it is the site of a Buddhist retreat.