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Trip to Iona - 2018

Words cannot adequately express the splendour, peace and tranquillity of Iona.  The pilgrimage from Warlingham to the Scottish isles was truly memorable.  We left Warlingham at Sunday lunchtime and after an overnight stop in Preston and a spectacular drive through Callendar we arrived at Oban on a clear bright afternoon in time for an evening crossing to Mull.  

The following day was typically Scottish, wet and windy, so a trip to Tobermory fitted the bill, as did the whisky distillery tour and the coloured sea front, made famous by the children’s tv series “Balamory”.  This was followed by a visit to Castle Duart, setting for films such as Entrapment.

A clear bright day the following day saw the pilgrims heading to Iona for the first of our two days on the island were St. Columba established his monastery in 563.  There we met our guide for the day, Jana, who gave us a walking tour of the island ending up at St Columba’s bay, Iona, really is a special place, the images below give you some sense of the grandeur, peace and splendour of the island.








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Tobermory First Glimpse of Iona Ioan Nunnery Coastal View St. Columba's Bay

And so we had to say goodbye to Iona, the weather was turning and the crossing back to Mull was getting rough. We called in at Loch Lomond on the way back south, where we were fortunate to spot the hide-out of Rob Roy  

We spent a wonderful few days on Mull and Iona, and I shall certainly be planning to return.The following day we returned to Iona for a tour of the Abbey and a Eucharist service in the Abbey led by Reverend Michelle, this was a really special occasion.  Much of the abbey has been rebuilt over the last 50 years by the Ionian Community and is a wonderful building.

And so we had to say goodbye to Iona, the weather was turning and the crossing back to Mull was getting rough,  We called in at Loch Lomond on the way back south, where we were fortunate to spot the hide-out of Rob Roy  

We spent a wonderful few days on Mull and Iona, and I shall certainly be planning to return.

First glimpse of Iona  

Iona Nunnery

Coastal View

St. Columba’s Bay  

The following day we returned to Iona for a tour of the Abbey and a Eucharist service in the Abbey led by Reverend Michelle, this was a really special occasion.  Much of the abbey has been rebuilt over the last 50 years by the Ionian Community and it is a wonderful building.

Rev.Michelle leading Mass Iona Abbey Cloister Iona Abbey Cross outside Iona Abbey Inside Iona Abbey Two Pilgrims

In and around the Abbey on Iona