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Welcome to Iona    

For information about the Isle of Mull click here   For information about the Tobermory click here

Iona taken from a light aircraft

Iona taken from a light aircraft

For the Gaels, Iona is I Chaluim Chille - the isle of Colm Cille, an Irish priest and prince who was to become revered as Saint Columba. A tiny island, of typically Hebridean beauty, it holds a unique place in the story of Scotland and kindles the imagination of thousands who journey there each year. Yet it is also where people have lived, worked and worshipped over many centuries. To and from its shores have come monks and pilgrims, clan chiefs and kings, artists and craftsmen, farmers and fishermen.

Of the earliest, we catch only fleeting glimpses now: a few Stone Age flints and tools, unearthed by the plough; a grassy cairn where some Bronze Age mourners laid their dead; fragments of pots, beads and bones which speak of a thriving Iron Age community early in the first millenium.

Later, members of the Columban settlement became skilled in the working of metal, glass, wood and leather. Succeeding generations bequeathed a rich artistic legacy in their intricately carved stones and crosses, fine prayers and poems, and exquisite illuminated manuscripts. The life of the crofting population down the ages is etched into rigs on the landscape, immortalised in Gaelic placenames and remembered in local lore.

Today's island community follows in the tradition of all those who have gone before them - helping shape Iona's story in new ways, fostering a variety of creative talents and continuing to welcome visitors from across the globe".

E. Mairi MacArthur

For information on the Isle of Mull, click here    For information about Tobermory, Click here

Me and my hubby what to come back over to Isle of Iona this year we enjoyed so much so all my love Jan morton from obanx ... See MoreSee Less

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Two corn-crakes currently hanging about on my lawn in a laddish sort of way. Probably have a stash of beer somewhere. I thought they were meant to be competing for a mate -survival of the fittest and all that. Not chilling with the competition.

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