Iona

On our way from Tiree to Iona, we crossed Mull and visited
Torosay Castle and gardens.

We stayed at the Argyll Hotel,

 
near the ferry landing.

 
We had a nice view from our window.

 
The abbey on Iona was founded by St. Columba in 563AD.

 
Outside the abbey is Reilig Odhrain, a mound thought to be the
burial ground of 48 Scottish kings, including Macbeth and Duncan.

 

 

 
The nunnery is impressive.

 

 

 
We took a day trip to Lunga and Staffa.
Here's where we came ashore on Lunga.

 
We got pretty close to puffins! This one is holding a sandeel.

 
This picture has a couple of razorbills too.

 
No one lives on Lunga now, but there are the remains of a few houses.

 

 
We went on to Staffa, to Fingal's Cave
(which inspired Mendelssohn's Hebridean Overture).

 

 

 

 
This is the path to the cave, along the side of Staffa.

 
More photos of Iona.

Iona has two Web sites, Isle of Iona (the Iona Community Council) and The Iona Community.

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Last modified: 2005 December 10
by hallman@rtpnet.org