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The peaceful Isle of Iona, with its gleaming white beaches, old abbey and nunnery has been a place of pilgrimage for almost 1500 years.

It was on Iona that St Columba, the Irish missionary monk, founded a monastery in 563 AD. From here, he and his followers journeyed north and east preaching Christianity to the Picts. Iona later became the pre-eminent religious centre of early Scotland. Many Scottish, Irish and even Norse kings were buried here.

Today you can visit the restored Benedictine abbey and its delightful cloisters. Owned by the Iona Community this is a place of retreat for Christians of all denominations. Outside the abbey are three fine 8th–9th century standing crosses – the survivors of a hundred such crosses apparently destroyed at the Reformation.

A range of accommodation is available.

Frequent passenger ferry from Fionnphort on Mull.

Find out more on Iona from Wikipedia

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It was on Iona that St Columba, the Irish missionary monk founded a monastery in 563 AD.

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One of Scotland's most historic and venerated sites, Iona Abbey is an important Christian centre. It was on the island of Iona in about 563AD that St Columba and twelve other monks from Ireland established a monastery.