Highland Cow on road en-route to Iona

This morning, we departed our Craignure hotel and embarked on a drive to Fionnphort for onward transfer by ferry to the island of Iona. The journey to Fionnphort took about one hour, mainly along a single track road along which we encountered a herd of Highland cattle.

Bovine road blockage

Ferry to Iona

The ferry crossing to Iona lasted about ten minutes.

On arrival at Iona we walked to the famous Abbey via a ruined nunnery. It was at the Abbey site that St Columba arrived in AD 563 (from Ireland) with twelve monks. He established a monastery which flourished using a formula based on a mix of creativity, innovation and new expressions of Christianity. It was here that around AD 800 the famous Book of Kells was created by the long and laborious work of four scribes using a wide rangeĀ of colours, images and biblical figures. This book was spirited away to Ireland to escape Viking raids and now resides in Dublin.

Interior of Iona Abbey

High Crosses at Iona Abbey Museum

Iona Abbey

Cloisters at Iona Abbey.

Fionnphort, Mull viewed from Iona

Sea front at Iona

Isle of Mull viewed from Iona

We returned to Mull mid-afternoon and then commenced a clockwise tour, mostly along single track roads, stopping briefly to view Eas Fors Waterfall and Calgary Bay, arriving back at our hotel about 6.00 pm.

Video clips of coastal drive.

Eas Fors Waterfall, Mull

Tomorrow, we return to the Scottish mainland and then transfer to the Isle of Skye.