Iona and the Ross of Mull

Iona and the Ross of Mull

Iona needs no introduction as it holds a unique place in history and in the hearts of many. This tiny island was home to St Columba, father of Gaelic Scotland and bringer of Christianity to the region, and for centuries it was a religious and cultural centre of great importance. Today the famous Book of Kells is in Ireland, but the Abbey and community live on, and the illustrious history is matched by the great beauty of the island and its unique atmosphere.

The Ross of Mull is much more than just the route to Iona. This great peninsula may be low lying but it is extremely rugged. The coastline is superb, with perfect sandy beaches, rocky coves and dramatic cliffs.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Kilvickeon Beach, near Bunessan grade2.5km 1 hour
Tormore pier and quarry circuit, Fionnphort grade2.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Camas Tuath, near Bunessan grade3.75km 1 hour
Kintra and Braighchreaich grade4km 1 - 1.5 hours
Iona Abbey, Dun I and the north end grade7.5km 2 hours
Aoineadh Mor and the Fossil Leaves, Ardtun gradegrade3km 1.5 hours
Shiaba and Scoor, near Bunessan gradegrade6.25km 2 hours
Erraid, near Fionnphort gradegrade6.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Iona: the south end gradegrade8.5km 2.5 - 3 hours
Traigh Gheal and Tireragan gradegrade9.5km 3 - 4 hours
Carsaig to Lochbuie coastal walk gradegradegrade8.5km 2.5 - 3.5 hours (one way)
Carsaig Arches gradegradegradegrade13.25km 5 - 6 hours

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