Grab coffee or tea in the dining room over stunning views of the Loch before heading out on a full day adventure.
We will drive to the coast and the town of Oban where we’ll take a short ferry ride crossing the sound to the Isle of Mull. As we drive along Mull’s stunning landscape and spectacular coastline, we will learn about the geological wonders, abundant wildlife and history of the area. From Fionnphort a small passenger ferry guides us over the coastal waters to the tiny sacred island of Iona.
Our pilgrimage to Iona begins with St. Columba, a prince from an Irish noble family. In his youth, Columba became a priest and a missionary monk, founding a number of monastic houses in Ireland before a tribal feud forced him into exile, and he proceeded to establish a monastery here on Iona. While we are here, we will admire illuminated manuscripts and intricately carved stone crosses at the Abbey Church, stand on Torr an Aba (the little hill above where St. Columba is thought to have had his writing hut), explore St. Oran’s Chapel and visit Reilig Òdhrain (the graveyard where 48 ancient kings of Scotland, including Macbeth, are said to be buried). Before heading back, we will take a moment to bask in the panoramic views of St. Columba’s Bay.
Such a busy day calls for a relaxing dinner with uninterrupted views over Loch Leven. Sit back, take it all in and enjoy some down home traditional cooking at The Isles of Glencoe Hotel.
Accommodations: The Isles of Glencoe Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)