In older times Arran was known to the Gaels as An t’Eilan Ubhalach (Avalach), the Isle of Apples, some say the ‘Avalon’ of the Arthurian legends.
Over the last two centuries, the island has become comfortable with tourism, welcoming visitors from home and abroad, providing space and tranquillity for relaxation and rejuvenation. And Arran has more than its fair share of healers.
In 2017 a loose cooperative of holistic practitioners came together, seeking a centre to further their work. They found Heather Lodge. The group’s members live on Arran and work mainly with regular clients, some with chronic medical conditions, often with the support of local charities — ArCaS and the Mary Davies Trust.
Heather Lodge, set in the grounds of the historic Douglas Hotel, was originally a stable, but has been in use as a private dwelling for many years. There is an attractive and secluded garden. The premises provide several therapy rooms and a healing ambience. Plans are afoot to develop facilities for small groups, including yoga, mindfulness and Qi Gong.
At Heather Lodge ‘holistic’ is taken to mean treatment of the whole person, including social and emotional factors, rather than just the symptoms of disease.
The intention is to provide new services for the Arran population. Contact from visitors to Arran is always welcome however. Come and see what we have to offer.