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This morning, we departed our lodgings in Perth and proceeded as follows:

  • First we drove north for about 30 mins to Dunkeld in Central Scotland. Our objective here was the Cathedral Church which stands resplendent on the bank of the fast flowing River Tay, surrounded by hills and forest trees. The building dates from the period 1260-1501 but suffered serious damage at time of the 1560 Reformation. Repairs and restoration work was undertaken in succeeding centuries. However, about half of the structure remains without a roof, a legacy of the physical damage from the Reformation.

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Tonight, I am focusing on the ancient Christian crosses on the island of Iona which lies off Scotland’s West Coast.

Iona is famous for the connection with St. Columba who arrived on the island in AD 563 and proceeded to build a monastery. Over the succeeding centuries these early foundations proved secure as the ecclesiastical community has survived savage Viking raids and the Reformation. Today, the Abbey is a world-renowned ecumenical centre.

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Iona Nunnery


Iona is a tiny, 3.7 mile long island located off the West coast of Scotland. Whilst it has many attributes, Iona is best known for its famous Abbey but there are other historic sites on the island includung the ruins of an Augustinian Nunnery which is locally known as An Eaglais Dubh or ‘the black church’. The building is certainly not black and the colour is believed to refer to the colour of the robes worn by the nuns. Some key facts and information concerning the Nunnery:

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