Iona, Argyllshire situated off the west coast of Mull. Iona is three and a quarter miles by one mile in size.
Scottish kings and chiefs were buried on Iona for five centuries.
Iona is famed for the beauty of its white sands which in turn makes the colours in the sea much more intense than elsewhere.
Iona has lots of sheltered bays and although small offers a superb variety of scenery.
Iona was the early centre of Christianity in Scotland.
St Columba landed on Iona in 563 and built a monastry which became the centre for missionary activity throughout the highlands. The island remained a centre of religion and culture until, after repeated sackings by the Norsemen in the 9th and 10th ceturies, it lapsed into obscurity.
There remains on Iona lots of archaeological interest including the famous decorated Celtic standing crosses. The cathedral was built about A.D. 1200 and restored in the 19th century.
Excursion day trips in summer to the island are run from Oban.
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