Holy Isle claims are not true

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Some concerned Arran residents have contacted me regarding claims made by the Scottish Salmon Company regarding their community engagement in relation to the Holy Isle Project.

Specifically, the SSC website (https://www.scottishsalmon.com/aboutus/locations) has the following statement regarding the Lamlash Bay site:

‘Our farm on Arran … looks across to Holy Island, still populated by monks who rely on our marine team to deliver food and other essentials to the island during the winter.’

Further, as part of their planning application for the development of a fish farm east of Millstone Point, in Section 1.2.3 of their Pre Application Consultation Report (Community Engagement), SSC claims to have ‘supported the nearby Holy Island with the islands (sic) coastal path upgrades.’

Between 2011 and 2013, the Lamlash Bay team helped deliver food and building materials to the retreat at the south end of Holy Isle. This stopped in 2013, when the Ocean Breeze RiB took on that service, apart from one occasion in the summer of 2015, when SSC staff delivered gravel for roofing work at the south end.

On all occasions, the Holy Isle Project paid for these services.

SSC’s marine teams have never serviced the main guesthouse and retreat centre at the north end of Holy Isle for our food or other regular deliveries; the operators of the Holy Isle Ferry provide this service throughout the year.

The information on SSC’s website and in their Pre Application Consultation Report is thus not true and offers a misleading view of SSC’s engagement with the Holy Isle Project.


Adam Rose,


Centre for World Peace and Health.