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Iona Island in the Hebrides

By Philippa Burne, UK, October 2012

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Iona is a tiny island off the west coast of Scotland in the Hebrides. For such a small piece of land it has a long and impressive history, from being the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland, to being a quiet contented community of 90 people today.

St Columba arrived on Iona in 563 AD bringing Christianity to Scotland and the island quickly became a place for spirituality, attracting monks and nuns. Today, the medieval abbey and the ruins of the 13th-century nunnery are some of the islands best attractions, along with the rumored burial sites of 48 Scottish kings in the abbey graveyard. Macbeth who Shakespeare made famous is said to be buried here.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Scotland Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Scotland.

Photo courtesy of LHOON via Flickr.

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