Molene is a " handful of stones scattered at random ". In the past, the industry of seaweeds, collected on what is left of the biggest marine field of Europe and burnt on the spot, earned the isle the nickname of "
Archipelago of the
kelp pickers ".
Since 1988, the archipelago of Mol ne and Ushant have got the label " Reserve of the Biosphere " awarded by UNESCO. The Biosphere's reserve of Iroise, 21 400 hectares, fits within the " Parc Naturel R gional d'Armorique ". It proposes to preserve the fragility of some environments which could be damaged because of an overexploitation of the ressources or of too many tourists during the summer.
To get anywhere on Mol ne, neither car or bike, the ideal thing is to walk : a signposted footpath goes round the isle whose plots, separated with drystone walls, are tiny. Near the landing stage, there is an orientation table which allows to locate the main isles of the archipelago : L d nez, Balanec, Bannec and Tri len.

Near the impluvium, in the direction of the signal station, people can see one of the three calvaries of the isle. Then, not too far from the church, there is the war memorial. The memory of the Drummond-Castle, passenger ship which was wrecked in June 1896, is present in minds through the recovery tank of fresh water, a museum and the clock of the church. Do not forget the oldest house in the isle (1648), the shelter for the lifeboat, the well of Saint Ronan or the monks' windmill. And if you want to lunch at the restaurant " Kastell an Daol ", do not forget that this establishment has opted for the solar time.

Adapted from "CARNET DE BORD" by Jacqueline Duroc published in "Le T l gramme"