024 Our today benefited from exceptional dry and sunny weather. We departed our lodgings at Craignure, Mull and embarked on a tour as follows: First, a one hour plus drive along a single track road to Fionnphort . Scenery was stunning comprising mountains, forestry, flocks of sheep, blue skies and even a small herd of Highland Cattle crossing the road. At Fionnphort we had a 45 min wait to catch the ferry to Iona. Mull Mountains 001 Sheep at Fionnphort 007 Iona from Fionnphort 006 We duly arrived Iona at 12.00 noon and then walked round, past the ruined 12th century, Augustinian Nunnery and colourful gardens to the famous Iona Abbey where we spent the core of our Iona visit. Augustinian Nunnery on Iona 013 Iona Abbey 015 Iona Abbey can trace its origins back to its founding as a Christian Monastery by St Columba in the 6th century. The Book of Kells was probably produced here but taken to Ireland for safe keeping due to damaging Viking raids in the 8th-11th centuries. A Benedictine Monastery was built here in the 12th century but this fell into ruin after the 1560 Reformation. During the 20th century the Abbey was restored and is now centre of the Iona Community under umbrella of the Church of Scotland. After refreshment on Iona we returned to Phionnphort, Mull about 2.15 pm and then commenced a tour of Mull, first up a narrow coastal road along the west coast and then across to Salen where we viewed the ‘boat graveyard’. Coastal Scenery, Mull 035 Boat Graveyard, Salen 040 Next, on down to Craignure to catch our return ferry to Oban. This ran 30 minutes late but delay was compensated by stunning views of Scotland’s mountainous west coast. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Upon reaching Oban we checked into our lodgings and then dined at an excellent local seafood restaurant. View of Oban Harbour fromĀ  restaurant at dusk. 051 Tomorrow we drive down to Glasgow via Kilmartin Glen and Inveraray.

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