If you’re visiting Mull, you really should take the time to drive down to the far south-west of the island and take the 10 minute ferry ride from Fionnphort over to Iona. Christianity arrived in Scotland here in 563 AD when St. Columba and his followers landed on the island and started a monastery. Today, it’s a place of spiritual pilgrimage and home to the Iona Community, an ecumenical Christian community working for peace and social justice.
Regardless of your religious beliefs, I’m sure no visitor can fail to notice that this is a very special place indeed. I’ve been to Iona 3 times so far and was delighted to take my family there this year to introduce them to the idland. The abbey, seen here, is palpably spiritual and quite spooky in its utter tranquility. This visit brought back wonderful memories of my last trip there in 1996 when the touring choir I was singing with performed in the building. After 30 minutes of early music (Tallis and his friends), there was hardly a dry eye in the group.
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