Iona is a small, fertile, crofting island, currently inhabited by around 130 people.
The island is farmed largely by traditional methods. The National Trust for Scotland works in partnership with its tenant farmers to ensure that rare species, such as the corncrake, are conserved.
For many centuries, Iona has been an island of special significance for all Christians. In AD 563, Columba and his followers arrived here from Ireland to spread the gospel in Scotland and the north of England. The restored medieval abbey continues to hold daily services today and St Oran’s Chapel and Reilig Odhram is reputed to be the burial place of 48 kings of Scotland, including Macbeth.
The Isle of Iona also boasts sandy beaches, excellent walking opportunities and a variety of wildlife to look out for. Many shops sell locally sourced crafts and the golf course boasts beautiful beach views.
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