Here are some views of the small but beautiful island of Iona from this summer. Iona is situated in the Western Isles of Scotland or the Hebrides just off the west coast of Mull and is best known as the landing place of St Columba who is accredited with bringing Christianity to Scotland after founding the monastery here in the year 563. Indeed today there is a thriving Christian community here centered on the now restored abbey and people journey to the island from afar on pilgrimages.
Coach loads of tourists also make the journey but head to the beaches of Iona and you will find some of the peace and serenity that would have abounded in Columba’s day.
The centre of the island rises to the hill of Dun I which though only just over 100m in height gives an expansive vista of the Atlantic and the coast of Mull.
Heading back past the Abbey to the village the road goes south for a short distance before heading west to the other side of the island where can be found the Bay at the Back of the Ocean – I love that name.
Pete Buckley August 2013