Saturday, June 9, 2012

Day 61 (June 2): Isles of Mull & Iona

Our plans for today were a day trip to two islands in the Inner Hebrides.  At 9 am we queued up for the ferry which would take us from Oban to the Isle of Mull. 

you probably can't make it out but there is a small castle tower (ruins) in amongst those trees

Then we rode in a coach across this beautiful island (while being informed and entertained by our driver/guide) to catch another small ferry to the gorgeous Isle of Iona.  We had almost 3 hours on Iona, most of which we spent walking and enjoying the views and scenery.

taken from the highest point on Iona

my husband and youngest daughter are those two specks on the rocks

Just before catching the ferry back to Mull, we quickly toured the abbey on Iona which is on the spot where St. Columba and his followers built a church and established a Catholic community way back in the mid-6th century.

the restored abbey, built on a medieval foundation

bracken grows everywhere on the mountains and hillsides around the sea lochs

We at dinner on the ferry because we needed to attend Mass that evening, which we did at St. Columba's Cathedral in Oban.  

A bit of relaxing in our room and welcome sleep!