Holy Island Inner Lighthouse
aka Wee Donald
Holy Island is an island east of the Isle of
Arran, it earned its name as the home of St. Molaise in the 6th century.
Today it is home to another religion as since 1992 the island has been owned by
a Buddhist Community and it is open to day visitors. There is a passenger ferry
service from Lamlash on the Isle of Arran.
This lighthouse stands on the south west corner
of the island opposite Kingscross Point on Arran. It is one of two lighthouses,
that make up a pair the other being the
Island Outer Light.
It is locally known as "Wee Donald",
although the current lighthouse keepers don't know why anymore. It was built in
1877 by David and Thomas Stevenson. The lighthouse cottages were built behind to house four families of lighthouse keepers and a walled garden
was made, today they are occupied by Buddhist monks and nuns.
The lighthouse became automated in 1977, and
is now serviced every two weeks by local people living on Arran.
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