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  • The east beach at dusk on Iona
    The east beach at dusk on Iona© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Iona Abbey from across the Bay
    Iona Abbey from across the Bay© Penny van Millingen
  • Boats at sunset over Mull
    Boats at sunset over Mull© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Iona in April
    Iona in April© Penny van Millingen
  • Looking across to the west side of Mull
    Looking across to the west side of Mull© Penny van Millingen

The Hebridean island of Iona has a significant history and a special, spiritual atmosphere that continues to attract and inspire thousands of visitors each year.

The island is known internationally as the cradle of Scottish Christianity, thanks to the arrival in AD563 of St Columba and his followers. They went on to help spread the religion throughout much of Scotland.

Despite stretching only 3 miles from north to south and 1½ miles from east to west, Iona offers much to enjoy, including white sandy beaches, interesting walks and rare wildlife. Many have remarked on its exceptional quality of light and clarity of air.

The Book of Kells is thought to have been written by the monks of Iona during the 8th or early 9th century AD. It has been described as ‘the most beautiful book in the world’.


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