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Whiting Bay Travel Guide - Scotland

Whiting Bay overlooks the sea towards the very southern portion of Scotland and has a good variety of accommodation and places to eat. There are some pleasant forest walks here, particularly the one leading to the island's most impressive Glenashdale Water Falls, where you will chance upon an art gallery. There is another walk worth mentioning to the Giants Graves.

The beach at Whiting Bay is a mixture of pebble, rock-pool and sand and makes an exiting play area for children.
Services in the area include a selection of grocery stores, craft studios and coffee shops. Bicycles and Boats can be hired here and there are trips over to Holy Island a couple of miles offshore. 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.