Visit Molène

 

 

The highest point of Molène is located at 26 m above sea level. Molène got its nickname “The Seaweed Archipelago” in the old days when the island was then the largest marine field in Europe. Molène lacks trees – its name is Moal-Enez in Breton, meaning “bald island” – but below the knee beauty is abundant. When gorse and bell heather flower in unison, the whole island seems afire in yellow, pink and violet. Moreover, Molène is the stepping stone to the archipelago that bears its name. From Molène, you can snorkel over the the Archipelago’s vast seaweed beds – Europe’s largest underwater forests – kayak around secluded islets or observe dolphins, grey seals and rare marine birds by boat.               

Other than water activities The Drummond Castle museum is open all year round. The shipwreck, in 1896, of The Drummond Castle, a liner travelling from South Africa to Britain, is one of the greatest catastrophes remembered on Molène. The islanders saved two men and treated the drowned they found with great dignity. By the church, you can still see the well-maintained graves of those who died. Queen Victoria thanked the molenais by giving them a clock for the church and a much-needed rainwater reservoir.