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Iona: Details & pictures of the Isle of Iona
 

Iona Scotland

Iona (Scottish Gaelic: Ì Chaluim Chille) is a small island in the Inner Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland. It was a centre of Irish monasticism for four centuries and is today renowned for its tranquillity and natural beauty. It is a very popular tourist destination. Its modern Gaelic name means "Iona of (Saint) Columba" (formerly anglicised "Icolmkill").

 
 
Facts about Iona
Size of Island 3.5 mi (5.6 km) long and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) wide
Area 877 hectares (3.4 sq mi)
Highest elevation Dùn Ì  - 101 metres (331 ft)
Population 100
Main Settlement Baile Mor, gaelic for big town
Must see Iona Abbey,  Street of the Dead, St Oran's Cemetery (Celtic: Reilig Odhrain, Martyr's Bay, Dun I, St. Columba's Bay, Spouting Cave, The Machair
Must hear Corncrake
 

 
Stones at St Columba's Bay stones st columba's bay iona
Rainbow over the Sound of Iona Rainbow over the Sound of Iona 
Angel - Detail from a chair in Iona Abbey Angel - Detail from a chair in Iona Abbey
nunnery iona Iona Nunnery
 
Spot the Duck relaxing on the beach Spot the Duck relaxing on the beach
Iona Abbey Iona Abbey
Lambs near Dun I Lambs near Dun I
Dun I - highest point on Iona Dun I - highest point on Iona
   
 

 

Pictures from around Iona

Journey to Iona Spot the Duck enjoying Loch Poit na h l near Fionnphort

Glacial erratic boulder on top of Torridonian Rock Iona

Celtic Cross at Iona Abbey

Not the smallest house on Iona though it could probably take 12 for bed and breakfast

Glacial erratic boulder on the beach at Iona

Climbing Dun I on Iona

Saint Columbas Bay Iona Spot the Duck relaxing

Footsteps in the sand Iona

A sheep seeks shelter on a cold day on Iona

Spot the Duck examines one of the cannons at Castle Duart Mull

Friendly Robin near the Church of Scotland café

Spot the Duck at Saint Columbas Bay Iona

View from the Argyll Hotel Iona

Detail from pillars at Iona Abbey

The Machair and Golf Course on Iona

Decorative window at Iona Abbey

Two lambs at the foot of Dun I Iona

On the Mull to Iona Ferry looking back at Fionnphort

Dun I highest point on Iona

Looking over the Sound of Iona from the Argyll Hotel Iona

The beach at Martyrs Bay Iona

Spot the Duck enjoying the beautiful views from Iona

The Iona to Mull ferry

Spot the Duck gets shot from one of the cannons at Castle Duart Mull

A friendly lamn on the Machair Iona

Boats in the Sound of Iona

Iona Abbey Tombstones in the Museum

Inside Iona Abbey

Spot the Duck falls down from Dun I Iona

Spot the Duck relaxing in Iona Abbey grounds

Wiev from Iona across the Sound of Iona to Mull

Cloisters and carvings at Iona Abbey

Sandy beach on Iona

Tombstones at Iona Abbey

From the Argyll Hotel Iona looking across to Mull

Spot the Duck at a bedroom window in the Argyll Hotel Iona

Beach at the North East of Iona

One of the friendly cats on Iona

Ruined Nunnery Iona

Cloisters at Iona Abbey

The sound of Iona looking across to Mull

Clear waters at Iona

Journey to Iona Spot the Duck on the Mull Ferry with Castle Duart in background

Rock pool on Iona Spot the Duck gets ready for a swim

Baile Mor Dun I and the Abbey from the Mull Ferry

Spot the Duck climbs Dun I Iona

Iona Abbey as you cross the Sound of Iona

Journey to Iona Loch Poit na h l on Mull

Spot the Duck sunbathing on the white sands of Iona

Iona spectacular Glacial erratic boulder on the beach

Looking at at the beautiful sea at Iona

Ruined buildings on Iona

BT Premises on Iona near Martyrs Bay

Reflections on African Wood Michael Chapel Iona

Cloudy day at Iona

Eternal Candle at Orans Chapel and Reilig Odhrain Burial Site

Spot the Duck takes a rest on some rocks on Iona

The white sandy beach of Iona looking towards Mull

Nesting swallow at Iona Abbey

Wooden Angel detail from a seat in Iona Abbey

BT Premises sign

Small boats on the Sound of Iona

Spot the Duck at Iona Abbey

Scottish Tombstones at Iona Abbey

 

Traffic Jam on Iona by Stuart McLean (from No' Rabbie Burns)
I wis heading south tae Martyr's Bay,
Happy as Larry on a fine summer’s day,
And whit did Ah see comin’ the other way,
Bit a bloody big Ford Cortina.

Weel this wis sae strange Ah jist have tae say,
For tae see another car oan the very same day,
But I knew for a fact thit Ah had right o’ way,
So Ah sure as hell wisnae budgin’.

We sat wae our cars as close as an inch,
He tooted his horn but Ah didnae flinch,
Even tho’ tae reverse wid be a cinch,
Ah wisnae for movin’ or nothin’.

Well day turned tae night and there we did sit,
Both of us determined we widnae submit,
I opened ma windae and called him a git,
For Ah wanted hame for ma dinner.

Four days they did pass and there we did stay,
Me wantin’ tae go south and him the other way,
But sadly Ah tell ye, tae my great dismay,
The bugger wisnae for shiftin’.

A year has gone by and the cars still block the road,
Around them now a path has been mowed,
And tae get ma car back it wid have tae be towed,
For it’s rusted away tae near nothin’.

Iona Song Lyrics - The Waterboys
Iona, sweet Iona
island out of time
Your lost child is returning
his shadow close behind
Anger in his breast
black dog in his mind

I feel like an island of rage
in a vast sea of peace
Like a worm in a cathedral
like a beggar at a feast
Columba heal my black heart!
let my nightmare cease

Lace upon the window
patterns on the sheets
Three ships in the distance
horsemen in the street
Lord God fit me
to be your hands and feet


 


 
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