Monday, 23 January 2017

Isle of Iona

One of our trips to Scotland last year we had 4 days visiting the Isle of Mull and the Isle of Iona , which are part of the Inner Hebrides. The ferry leaves from Fionnphort and last only 15 mins I think. The isle is extremely beautiful and the main building is the abbey. It is one of the oldest and most important religious centres in Western Europe. In 563, Columba came from Ireland and founded a monastery. The abbey was a focal point for the spread of Christianity throughout Scotland. It is reputed to be the burial ground of some 48 Kings of Scotland. The abbey is part of Historic Scotland and we toured the abbey and surrounding small buildings. There is an audio guide which is very helpful to explain all the history.

The current inhabitants is around 130, but there are many visitors throughout the year. I bought some of the local crafts and we enjoyed the views and the lovely beach.

We were really blessed with great weather, this summer Alessio and I along with my parents will be visiting the Outer Hebrides or the Western Isle for one week. I am really looking forward to this trip!

Wishing you all a great week!

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