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Replica Viking Longship, Largs, Scotland

This morning. we departed lodgings in Glasgow, S.W. Scotland and then drove to Largs on the Ayrshire Coast.Largs is a pleasant small town, popular with tourists, and conscious of its Viking heritage. Close to Largs was fought a sea battle in 1263 between the Norse and Scots in which the latter prevailed and thus secured control over Western Scotland and islands. At Largs can be found the Vikingar! Visitor Centre with replica longboat and the Pencil Monument on the coast which records the battle.

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Goatfell and Brodick, Arran, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Brodick, Arran and embarked on a clockwise circumnavigation of the island in course of which we encountered:

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Iona from Fionnhort, Mull

This evening, I am focusing on the small island of Iona which lies off the west coast of Scotland.

Today, this is principally a spiritual retreat centred on the Iona Community which has a line descent from the arrival of St. Columba in AD 563. Columba founded an early Irish-Christian monastery from where Christianity was introduced into Northern Britain. A summary chronology post Columba is as follows:

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