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.
|Tormore pier and quarry circuit, Fionnphort
|1 - 1.5 hours
|Kilvickeon Beach, near Bunessan
|Camas Tuath, near Bunessan
|Kintra and Braighchreaich
|1 - 1.5 hours
|Iona Abbey, Dùn Ì and the north end
|Aoineadh Mòr and the Fossil Leaves, Ardtun
|Shiaba and Scoor, near Bunessan
|Erraid, near Fionnphort
|2 - 2.5 hours
|Iona: the south end
|2.5 - 3 hours
|Tràigh Gheal and Tireragan
|3 - 4 hours
|Carsaig to Lochbuie coastal walk
|2.5 - 3.5 hours (one way)
|5 - 6 hours
Linda Cracknell visits the holy island of Iona.
"‘I think I’ve fallen in love,’ Kate said, less than 24 hours into our enchantment. We were sitting on a small hill on the island’s south east corner, looking north towards the village, the ferry plying to and fro from Fionnphort, the abbey sunlit and watchful beyond..."