Historical

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St. Oran's Chapel

This chapel stands in its own burial ground, Reilig Odhrain, thought to be the final resting place of 48 Kings of Scotland and Norway. Oran was a relative and disciple of St. Columba. READ MORE

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Iona Nunnery

The picturesque Nunnery ruins, with the tranquil cloister gardens, are close to the ferry landing. The Iona Nunnery was formerly a Benedictine convent, established in 1203, with Beatrice, daughter of Somerled, as first prioress. READ MORE

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Iona Abbey

Built on the site of St Columba's monastery, the present building dates in most part from about 1200AD. The restoration was completed in 1965, from which time the Iona Community have run it as a residential centre and continued daily worship in the Abbey Church. READ MORE

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The Hermit Cell

This Hermit Cell is a powerful testimony to the power of religious conviction in the history of the island. This ancient ruin is thought to have been built by a devout hermit although it may be merely an animal enclosure. READ MORE

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Marble Quarry

The quarry was first opened in the late 1700s by the Duke of Argyll but did not operate for long because the marble was difficult to extract and transport was uneconomical. It reopened in 1907 and closed again at the end of World War I. READ MORE