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Iona Abbey, Isle of Iona

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Steep yourself in the history of the Scotland at Iona Abbey, the first Christian monastery in Scotland. Founded by St. Columbo in 563 AD, the site is one of the oldest Christian sites in Western Europe. Monks at the monastery reputedly wrote the Book of Kells. Make a pilgrimage to the site from the mainland, take a look at the crosses dating from the 9th and 10th centuries, and wander through the remains of the medieval cloisters. For Iona Abbey and beyond, use our Isle of Iona trip itinerary site to get the most from your Isle of Iona vacation.
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  • Visited here today with the family. The information was of the highest standard that we have ever seen for a community trust. The museum was fantastic. We came away really understanding every thing th...  more »
  • The Abbey is the centre piece of Iona and in many ways a must if you visit; however it is a little expensive for a large family and, if we were not members of English Heritage, we would have been disa...  more »
  • Take your time to go and visit Iona Island. It's a unique place with a magic atmosphere. The time flows slowly on the island and you can enjoy unforgettable views. The Abbey is one of the best place I...  more »
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  • Everything about the Western Isles is pretty much stunning and Iona Abbey doesn't disappoint. The history, the tranquility, its all here and well worth the visit as is the Isle of Iona itself.
  • A week immersed in the rhythm and life of the Abbey is rich beyond words. In those hallowed halls and walls - and in the landscape - and amid the ruins of the nunnery just down the way - the veil between the "real" and the "divine" is very thin indeed.
  • How far away this is? How peaceful? This place has a marvelous history in the Celtic Christian tradition. It is a very enchanting place to visit. I just arrived on the island and I am amazed already.
  • A place of great peace and tranquility, immensely interesting and rich history and joyous worship.
  • Absolutely Loved Iona, Peaceful and Tranquil and only a 10 minute ferry trip from Mull.

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