Sourced from Wikivoyage. Text is available under the CC-by-SA 3.0 license.
Original image by Torsten Henning, adjusted and cropped by AlasdairW
Iona (Gaelic Ì Chaluim Chille) is an island just west of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. It's only 3.5 miles long by 1.5 miles across and its main settlement Baile Mor (meaning "big town") is just a straggle of cottages. The reason to visit Iona is its fine restored abbey, founded by St Columba (521-597). He grew up in Ireland and became a monk, but a dispute caused his exile. He sailed with several companions to Kintyre in Scotland but found it still within sight of Ireland (and therefore he was still within reach of his enemies) so they continued to Iona. Here in 563 they founded a monastery, which became a centre for pilgrimage, and the hub of a network of churches and monks across the west of Scotland.

Get in

Get around







Stay safe

Go next