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the charming Island of Iona

Written on: Wednesday June 11th, 2008

A journal entry from: Exploring the Baltic Sea by Yacht

Is it possible to fall in love in one hour? Or maybe half an hour? I think it took me all of 15 minutes to fall in love with the village on the Island of Iona in Scotland. It is quite possibly one of the most charming places I have ever been.

The boat was moored just off the shore, so the guests invited me along to walk around the village one evening. There is nothing much to the town itself, which is why I love it. Its essentially just a few buildings along the water, with beautiful mountains in the backdrop, speckled with sheep. The village has a resident population of about 125 people. There is a corner store, post office, pub, restaurant, and then a few charming little bed and breakfast places along the beach.

There are ruins of an old nunnery, dating back to 1200 AD. Its a very historical island in terms of Christianity, where it became a site of pilgramage and a holy island where several kings of Scotland, Ireland and Norwa came to be buried. Apparently there were also several viking raids on the island.

As we walked around, we poked our heads into some of the restaurants and "hotels" to ask about the famous Abbey on Iona. It seems like a fantastic little cottage town in the summers, although I definitely would not want to live there through the winter.

I can't say exactly why I love Iona. Maybe it was a combination of the history, the small town feeling, the charming buildings, and the fantastic views. Whatever it was, I can't wait to come back! A few hours was certainly not enough for me.

 

 

 

 

 

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