Visit to Iona

Up for the 07:30 bus: a beautiful day-break, the sun shining on the pretty coloured houses of Tobermory and reflecting on the still water of the harbour.

Early light at Tobermory

Early light at Tobermory

The two bus rides took us along the coast and then inland over Mull. Our bus driver was on a seasonal job from Glasgow and a very good guide. He pointed out the only ‘Munro’ on the island; told us of the pair of golden eagles nesting in the area; explained a bit about mountain weather as we drove through rain and mist in the valleys. All this while negotiating the single track road (with passing places at intervals and other road users).

Single file traffic

Single file traffic

The journey took about two hours through some isolated and beautiful scenery. 

We arrived on Iona after a five minute ferry journey and a day of wall-to-wall sunshine as we explored Iona Abbey, seat of early catholic christianity and now centre of the very interesting ‘Iona Community’.

Iona Abbey

Iona Abbey

During a walk across the island, we saw some wonderful wild flower meadows

and we were fortunate enough to hear the “sawing” call of the corncrake.

All about corncrakes

All about corncrakes

On the far side, walking though the golf course, we came across an idyllic white sandy beach.

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