Garden on Iona

This morning, we departed our excellent Iona lodgings and walked round to visit the historic, Christian sites comprising a ruined Augustinian Nunnery and the famous Iona Abbey which can trace its origins back to the 6th century established by St Columba in the 6th century AD. The early Abbey was bedevilled by vicious Viking raids in the 9th century notwithstanding the famous Book of Kells was spirited away by the monks to safe keeping in Ireland where it remains to this day.

Iona Abbey

Iona Abbey

Inside Iona Abbey

Iona Abbey

The site is famous for its early Christian, Celtic, crosses which can be found on the site and in the museum.

Ancient Crosses at Iona

Ancient crosses at Iona

After the Columban era a Franciscan Abbey was founded on the site in the medieval period which continued in operation through to the Reformation of 1560 and thereafter fell into ruin.

Another re-founding occurred in the 20th century, including extensive restoration, when the site was designated as the Iona Community on ecumenical principles.

Video clip of Iona and Abbey

 

View of Mull from Iona

View from Iona

After visiting the Abbey we caught the 12.00 noon ferry back to Mull and then embarked on a clockwise route along narrow, single track roads passing through stunning coastal scenery with waterfalls, numerous sheep, remote communities, forests and sea views resplendent in the sunshine.

Western Mull Scenery

 

Mull Scenery

Waterfall on Western Mull

Waterfall, Mull

 

Around 2.00pm we arrived at Salen on the west of the island where we availed of a light lunch before driving up to the popular harbour town of Tobermory, famous for its colourful, waterfront properties plus varied shops and a distillery.

Tobermory Harbour

Tobermory Harbour

Tobermory Waterfront

Tobermory

 

Video clip of Tobermory Harbour

 

After Tobermory, we drove down to our hotel at Craignure in the south of Mull. This evening we have superb views over Loch Linnhe and Duart Castle basking in the evening sunshine.

Video clip of Craignure from hotel

Tomorrow morning we catch the morning ferry back to Oban and then drive to Edinburgh via Loch Lomond and Dumbarton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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