Isle of Iona

 

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Welcome to the Isle of Iona

The Isle of Iona with its current population of 90 was the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. Here St. Columba arrived in his coracle in 563AD to bring Christianity to Britain. The island is separated from Mull by the mile wide stretch of water, the Sound of Iona.

To get to Iona you must first take a ferry to the Isle of Mull. Click here for the Calmac fares and timetable. Once on Mull you need to travel by car or coach to Fionnphort on the south-west tip of the Ross of Mull. From here Caledonian MacBrayne ferry runs frequently over to Iona. The journey takes approximately 5 minutes and is for foot-passengers and bicycles, only residents of the island can take their vehicles onto the island.

The ferry lands at the main settlement, Baile Mor, gaelic for big town, but it is entirely the opposite, a small village or hamlet! Baile Mor comprises a scattering of pretty cottages, a few shops, plus a couple of hotels and B&B's. Iona is geologically distinct from Mull, and what you find is a low lying island with a selection of lovely white beaches.

Iona is home to the ruins of an ancient nunnery, a medieval abbey, and the burial ground of 48 Scottish kings. It is three miles long and one and a half miles wide so it is possible to walk around Iona in a day with plenty of time to spend in the Abbey and Nunnery. The coast is more rugged in the south but has dazzling white shell sand beaches and secluded coves around the rest of the coastline.

Iona has attractions for all the family, great walking, beautiful beaches and offers a peaceful holiday for the whole family to live a lifestyle far removed from the hectic urban pressurised existence. The residents of Iona are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and many will go out of their way to help you get where you want to be. The local insight can be fascinating so stop and pass the time of day with the islanders.

Accommodation on the island is limited, there are a couple of good hotels, some B&B's and a few self-catering cottages. If you wish to spend part of your holiday staying on the island it is essential to book your accommodation in advance.

For general information and Travel

Contact the Tourist Office at Craignure  Tel: 01680 812377

Or Tobermory Tel:01688 302875
Email: mull@visitscotland.com  or our ferry company Caledonian MacBrayn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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