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Welcome to Holy Isle

Located off the west coast of Scotland, Holy Isle has an ancient spiritual heritage stretching back to the 6th century. Our summer season runs from April to October and we welcome guests and day visitors during this time.

The founder and vision holder of the Holy Isle Project is Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master in the Kagyu tradition. Lama Yeshe is also Abbot of Samye Ling Monastery in Dumfriesshire, where he lives most of the year.

At the north of the island the Centre for World Peace and Health hosts a retreat and course programme. Between April and October we also welcome guests to stay at the Centre for personal retreats or holiday breaks. A closed Buddhist retreat takes place at the south of the island. 

Please note that during Winter, the Centre is closed for guests except for the Christmas Retreat, the New Year's Retreat and the 10-week Winter Retreat.

As well as staying at the Centre, you are invited to visit Holy Isle for the day. The island is divided into several areas, some of which are reserved for birds and animals, others for our native tree planting programme. We request visitors to stay on the paths and not to bring animals onto the island.



Do you have a passion for good food? Would you like to work with our small team of dedicated Holy Isle volunteers cooking vegetarian meals for or guests using beautiful, bio-dynamic produce, much of which is grown by our own gardeners? If so, we would love to hear from you, whether you are a professional or have experience of vegetarian cooking in other settings and want to develop your skills more in this area.We are regularly looking for people to join our Kitchen team throughout the summer season. 

House Care

Are you good with people and have an eye for detail? Then you may want to work with our House Care Team to look after the Centre and assist our guests have the best stay possible. 

For more information please email volunteering@holyisle.org 

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Dietary requirements

Our kitchen is run by a team of volunteers. Our aim is to offer delicious vegetarian food but regretfully we can only cater for dietary requirements arising from a diagnosed medical condition. 

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