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Isle of Iona

The Isle of Iona is only a 10-minute ferry crossing from Fionnphort which opens up a wonderful vista of the red granite and clear blue waters of both Mull and Iona. If you are lucky, the pod of common dolphins which frequent the Sound of Iona might put in an appearance and the ferry skipper will alter course slightly to make sure everyone on board gets a good view.

Made famous by Saint Columba and a place of religious pilgrimage from all over the globe, Iona is very beautiful with an unspoiled natural environment. Many rare birds are seen on land, including the endangered corncrake which is more likely to be heard than seen, while otters are frequently spotted in the quiet coves by the sea.  Cetaceans frequent surrounding waters, with three types of dolphin, porpoise, orca, basking sharks and Minke whale regularly reported.

Visitors cars are not allowed on the island, but at only 1.5 miles wide and 3 miles long it is possible to reach many of the beaches on Iona on foot on a day trip. Alternatively cycles can be hired in the village or a taxi booked in advance