A tiny tranquil island – Iona, Scotland – hardly six kilometers long and two kilometers wide. Despite its small area, its contribution to the history of Scotland and the world is great. Iona Island is known as the cradle of Christianity in Scotland and this was the place where St. Columba founded his famous monastery. This island is home to a treasury of wildlife and plants, white sand beaches, and a deep sense of solitude. Check what this mystic island has to offer:
How to get there
Iona is low and often whip by the winds off the Atlantic Ocean to the west and is unearthed about two kilometers off the coast of the island of Mull, itself perched off the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula. The main settlement, Baile Mòr, is simply called The Village, and being a small island, it has a tiny population of less than 200 but it caters to around 130,000 visitors each year.
Both on land and shores, Iona has a prosperity of nature. Especially in midsummer, the wildflowers here are spectacular, with favored ones like sea holly, four species of orchid, and thistles, harebells, and speedwell. The rare corncrake, comical puffins, great northern divers for birds. The basking shark the second largest fish in the world is attracted by the offered offshore waters of Iona, including orca, pilot, and minke whales, three species of dolphin and on occasions the rare and giant sunfish. Nature lovers can truly get near to many different species, all within a tiny geographic area with the addition of the otters and seals around the coast.
Other Interesting Activities
No matter where the direction of the wind, even by simply heading to the other side of the island, the beaches of Iona is a wonderful experience just to be on the island. Walks are generous and a visit to the abandoned marble quarry to the south of the island can be included or a simple stroll is enough. It is not difficult to find an inaudible spot in Iona, perfect for inner peace-type of travel.