The Isle of Iona~ Now A Place of Peace..

So the tour continued from the Isle of Mull in to the crossing by ferry from there to the peaceful  Isle of Iona. But this island although it became a training centre for Monks who would in those early years live in beehive shaped stone huts, where they would meditate in solitude within their prayers. It became a major  pilgrimage  centre when the Abbey was built..   Iona is also an Isle situated upon the trading routes between Ireland and Western Scotland.  And many Kings are buried there..  Many scholars believe that The Book of Kells  started its creative life there in the 8th Century.

It also saw its share of violence in many Viking raids as they plundered the riches of the Abbey.  Many  Monks were slaughtered during this time.. More history of these events you can find out by clicking the underlined links .

The Ferry came in as we waited on the shores of Mull, above are the stunning views as we waited for the Ferry.

The Isle of Iona is a serene Isle which only has a population of around 13o people.

Our first glimpse of the Abbey as we approached by Ferry the Isle of Iona

Our first glimpse of the Abbey as we approached by Ferry the Isle of Iona you can see the small cottages spead around it. 

It has one of the oldest and most sacred religious places in all of western Europe..  It was founded by St Columba in AD 563, the fully restored Abbey is one of Scotland’s most significant and sacred sites which is reputed to be the burial place of 48 Kings of Scotland, including Macbeth

We walked up from being dropped off by the ferry past this row of houses which overlook the shore line

We walked up from being dropped off by the ferry past this row of houses which overlook the shore line

Iona

As we walked up the narrow lane we past several small cottages and these were some of their gardens overlooking the shore

The Old Nunnery

This plaque shows how the nunnery once was

The first site to greet us was the ruins of the Old Nunnery,  which was founded in 1200, by Reginald, son of Somerled (Lord of the Isles).  Who installed his sister Beatrice there as prioress  forming the first order of Nuns there. The Nunnery earned the name of The Black Church because of the black habits worn by the nuns 

This part of the Abbey has not been restored and still lays in ruins.

Here you can see the ruins of the Nunnery and the The pink granite walls that remain, despite being ruinous, are amongst the best examples of a medieval nunnery left in Britain.

Here you can see the ruins of the Nunnery and the The pink granite walls that remain, are amongst the best examples of a medieval nunnery left in Britain.

Before we walked the rest of the way up to the Abbey of Iona we went past a small cottage with a sign in its window.. Home Made Soup.. It was well past lunch time so we went in and had a take away bowl of home made broccoli soup and home made bread roll. The occupants were delighted to see so many of our coach party and promptly sent the message back into their kitchen as more soup was put on as we said there were at least 40 more walking up the hill .. It was delicious 

Just a little further along we got to the Abbey of Iona  Gates  If you look you can see a Stone Cross in the middle of the Abbey above the people walking. More photo’s and information can be found  Here about these Crosses which have looked out across this ever changing World for more than 1,200 years.

Walking up the lane to the Abbey

Walking up the lane to the Abbey

The Abbey Grave Yard

The Graveyard at the side of the Abbey

We went walk about’s in the time allotted to explore a little bit more of this community and passed the local Fire Station

This was the Fires Station on the Island

This was the Fires Station on the Island

And this was the only Post Office

And this was the only Post Office in this little Hut on the right with the red post office sign..  you may need to click to enlarge

We went exploring some more coming across this memorial cross with the names of those who gave their lives in the 1914-1918 Great War.. And one must wonder what impact losing so many husbands and sons had on this small community..  The names of which and closer pictures of this cross can be found at the sight of The Scottish Military Research Group Here  

Memorial Cross of those lost in the 1914 - 1918 great war..

Memorial Cross of those lost in the 1914 – 1918 great war.. I hope you use the link above to see clearer photo’s of this Cross. 

And to finish off this beautiful peaceful time spent on the Isle before we caught the next to ferry back to the Isle of Mull I will share these lovely views with you. 

Wishing you ALL a very Peaceful Weekend 

Love and Blessings 

~Sue~ 

106 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Miro
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 16:13:24

    Lovely!😀

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  2. Writing to Freedom
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 16:16:30

    It sounds like a fun and fruitful walkabout! 🙂

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  3. peggyjoan42
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 16:21:36

    Enjoyed your post with the lovely photos and the history lesson.

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  4. Hariod Brawn
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 16:26:16

    Such a lovely tour, dear Sue, and you evoked the real flavour of a place that I hold dear to my heart from so many visits decades ago. Thankyou. H❤

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  5. Val Boyko
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 18:49:51

    Thank you for sharing Sue! I was there as a girl… and it’s high time I got back there for some of the magic. 💕

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  6. Visionkeeper
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 19:30:33

    Wonderful stroll to take DW !!! Great pix and what a beautiful place. It looks calm and peaceful. I’d love that right about now! Thanks for sharing this. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Guess there is no getting hands dirty anymore with winter creeping in. Grab the knitting needles and relax :)Be well friend. Much love…VK❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 18, 2016 @ 22:32:19

      Hi Dear VK…. The allotment has settled and in the cold the weeds are under control.. LOL.. The knitting done for now, It is time to break out the art brushes .. But I have that special little lady this weekend again.. So I will be happy playing..🙂.. Much Love dearest friend xxx

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  7. Mark Lanesbury
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 20:25:56

    You really did score some great weather Sue…and some great scenery to go with it🙂
    It would have been an incredible tour to lap up the actual places of your history, and you can only ‘feel’ a place by being there, out of the history books just doesn’t give that ‘understanding’ like being there does 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 18, 2016 @ 22:35:10

      Yes without the weather Mark this trip would not have been half as good.. Often its misty and raining so the views would not have been seen through low cloud.. It made all the difference.. And was the best week up there in October.. You could say we ordered it.. As I did ask for Sunshine lol.. And yes you can feel the history of the place and it sets your mind to wander back in time to how awful those times were too…
      Love and Blessings to you Mark.. Thank you @=_

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  8. prenin
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 20:31:59

    Beautiful place hun!🙂

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

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  9. The Coastal Crone
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 21:10:54

    Thanks for taking us along! I did click to get more photos of the Memorial Cross. You have a good weekend too! Cheers!

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  10. insearchofitall
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 21:47:17

    Thank you for sharing this. Those were not the good old days if you really think about it. So much violence even back then. But being somewhere peaceful does sound just delicious, like your soup.🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 18, 2016 @ 22:44:54

      Thank you Marlene, I agree with you.. History is full of pain and violence .. Which is why I added in my title Now A Place of Peace.. for it wasn’t always so.. You would think the human race would learn from our past History.. Yet we repeatedly keep on repeating itself..
      The soup warmed us as it was a chill wind despite the Sunny day.. And it was just what we needed..🙂 And that home made bread.. Just mouth watering..🙂🙂 xxx Have a great weekend Marlene.. Much love your way xx

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  11. lorriebowden
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 21:56:12

    I just love taking this tour with you, Sue! What a wonderful trip and your photos are spectacular. I can feel the energy in these places…whenever I travel to an old place with lots of history I can feel such energy…and you do that for me with your posts! Thanks again for all the love you offered this week…I am Blessitude!❤❤

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  12. AmyRose🌹
    Nov 18, 2016 @ 23:10:41

    My eyes are glazed over with wonder, Sue. How incredible this Abby is still standing and the history involved is fascinating. I did click on the link for the Celtic Cross and my stomach fell out from under me … so many lives lost and many of them just kids. Beautiful shots and like Lorrie, I too could feel the energy. I would have been floating for days afterwards. I’m floating now just viewing this post. Bless you for putting such a complex post together for us!❤

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  13. Trini Lind
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 01:12:16

    Oh, my goodness! These are so beautiful, dearest Sue! 💖💖. What a magical place! I love this post! 💖. I wish I would have been there with you! 😊.

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  14. JoAnna
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 01:29:05

    Fascinating to learn the history of such a beautiful place. I can imagine how you felt hints of the souls who lived there. They are happy that it’s peaceful now.

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  15. dgkaye
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 02:48:01

    Looks so serene now Sue. The photos are beautiful and you are a wonderful tour guide. Thanks for sharing the beauty. xoxo<3

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  16. derrickjknight
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 09:11:25

    A splendid tour, Sue.

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  17. nina cremeneanu
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 09:27:24

    it was a pleasure for me to read this “story” about history, nature, religion and life ..!! I found a blog in my language (romanian) with a description of the island I’m sure you will like it !!
    “revealing a face of Orthodox Christianity that we, believers today, I forgot it. Here heart wants to pray outside in nature. Here, the Atlantic coast is the church and surrounding rocks are altars.”
    https://manastireamull.com/jurnal-de-ctitorie/insula-iona/

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  18. Somali K Chakrabarti
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 09:56:31

    A wonderful virtual tour of the Isle of Iona. It looks like a very quaint place. Interesting to know about the history of the place and see the beautiful pictures. Hope you are having a nice weekend Sue. xoxo

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  19. David
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 10:29:33

    Thank you Sue, of course it reminds me of Orkney … truly a spiritual place. Love, David

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  20. Tom Merriman
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 11:49:50

    It looks like an amazingly peaceful place, Sue, even with the visitors. I love links to the past… the Nunnery being one such place, I feel. Fabulous.

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  21. Ka Malana - Fiestaestrellas.com
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 15:01:37

    Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Scotland. There’s a netflix series called Reign that has captured my attention (and gives me a nice break from time to time from studying), the intro has a lovely soulful song by the Lumineer’s called Scotland that often gets stuck in my head. I haven’t been to Edinburgh since the 1990s but the isles, believe it or not, I think about (solely in my mind — hahaha, not!) quite often these days. And you’ve taken me there with you! I can’t believe there’s only 130 people on the isle of Iona. Xo Ka

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 21, 2016 @ 11:43:43

      When you arrive there Ka you will get the feeling of the Isolation many of these cottages are far apart.. And I am delighted to have brought you that little bit closer to the Isles Ka… Wonderful to know.. Hugs Sue xxx

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      • Ka Malana - Fiestaestrellas.com
        Nov 22, 2016 @ 22:52:33

        I don’t know, Sue. Maybe I would feel the isolation. I have to say that your picture of the local post office makes me delighted. There’s something upon seeing a local post office that makes me feel like I’ve been to a place. I suppose sometimes the spaciousness of a land might help people feel a little bit freer (is there internet?). Sure, these are speculations, but there’s something I remember about the land nearby, the land I visited, being triggered (in a good way) from these images. Also, the war memorial shows many young who had died too early in my opinion. We are so fortunate… we who live and get to read and watch or visit about the tales. We who can feel the energy and travel through time. We are fortunate to connect, even with the emptiness of a moment, for surely the next moment brings connection. Have a beautiful rest of your week, Sue!

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  22. April
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 15:02:21

    I would so love to travel to places with history of so long ago. The US is still an infant. I would love walking the paths others have walked and touch the stones others have touched. Then….imagine their lives.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 21, 2016 @ 11:41:15

      You know the USA is born of a land of many whose knowledge was wiped away.. Its path I hope will one day build the foundations of Peace.. Its buildings may not be ancient.. But let us hope it leaves us a great legacy of its first Founding Fathers who wrote its Constitution .. I doubt those founding fathers could have also envisaged a future America with its diverse communities of today..

      I am delighted I allowed you to travel to this place April as you pondered upon the lives of the past..🙂 Love and Hugs your way xxx

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  23. Paul Handover
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 16:26:38

    It is the most wonderful part of Scotland. Wonderful to have my memories to beautifully ‘refreshed’ by your post. Have a lovely weekend.

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  24. smilecalm
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 18:44:40

    i’m grateful to have
    seen this for the first time
    and experience that all
    is not lost or ruined🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 21, 2016 @ 11:30:25

      Yes Thank you David, As I saw the ruins and thought on those Nuns and Monks.. I wondered upon their own experiences.. Peace being shattered in invasions.
      And I look upon the world today as I shake my head as the news headlines only today say the UK is to invest more millions in building a Fleet of new Navel Destroyers to keep the PEACE.. I laughed out loud.. at the absurdity of us Humans.. War never brings Peace.. Only more destruction.. And I sighed as I thought back to those Viking Days of Old.. And the laws of the land have not progressed much further forward have they..
      But more and more I see the Collective ‘WE’ standing up for Peace.. and that brings Hope for Peace to my heart.. And one day I hope too these troubled lands will one day look upon their own ruins and come to know the sense of Peace I found on the shores of Iona..

      Love and Blessings to you my friend.. Thank you!

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  25. transmutation.me
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 20:31:47

    Reminds me very much to Wales where I have been 2 years ago. But how did you manage to expel the rain? So thanks for the nice photos from Scotland.

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  26. Maria F.
    Nov 19, 2016 @ 21:29:42

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful place!

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  27. dilipnaidu
    Nov 20, 2016 @ 01:25:19

    Oh such a calm and beautiful place. Made my day. 😀

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  28. stephensmustang1
    Nov 20, 2016 @ 04:14:38

    What a lovely place. I love the back story.
    My fav was the post office. 😉
    Love and hugs, my friend.

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  29. Joel F
    Nov 20, 2016 @ 07:21:22

    Wonderful photos. Such a serene and a beautiful place. Thanks Sue for sharing this.

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  30. IreneDesign2011
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 08:03:19

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful trip, dear Sue🙂
    It looks so peaceful and a great place for catch up energies.

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  31. lavendermoongirlblog
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 21:33:04

    I love Iona. We experienced a very special spiritual moment in the ancient chapel. Reading your post has just reminded me about it and the amazing atmosphere there. Very beautiful. Love your photos Sue. LolXx

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  32. Lois
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 22:40:24

    Lovely pictures, Sue. I imagine that you had a wonderful time strolling around Iona. I had to stop reading and take in the concept of living where there were only 130 residents. I prefer small towns but haven’t come across any that small.🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 22, 2016 @ 11:37:33

      Yes the community is very small Lois and all goods have to be brought over from the mainland of Scotland.. I would imagine during storms like this past week and during snow in winter life would be difficult to say the least.❤

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      • Lois
        Nov 28, 2016 @ 03:02:31

        I am sure it is difficult but boy would I love to pick their brains and learn how they manage with storms and such.

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Nov 28, 2016 @ 11:30:02

          Yes, lots of wood piles outside cottages and I am sure like many who live in isolation they get used to it and will no doubt as a community pull together.. Something we here tend to forget how to do..😦

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          • Lois
            Dec 01, 2016 @ 04:58:50

            It would be fascinating to try living there, or some place like it, for a season just to learn more about self-reliance.

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Dec 03, 2016 @ 09:54:01

              I agree Lois.. A new School teacher has just been appointed on the Isle of Mull.. It was on TV how they had to advertise and those as far as USA applied.. But a British woman and her young family have moved out there.. The children were interviewed on TV.. They all loved their new teacher.. And it showed how they biked themselves to school.. Only a handfull of pupils in the whole school..🙂

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            • Lois
              Dec 05, 2016 @ 01:30:39

              That’s incredible!. Just think what an education her children are getting in living more self-reliantly.

              We have a similar situation with our schools in Alaska. Teachers apply for two year job teaching positions up there. The thinking is that because half the year is in darkness it takes a toll mentally and most can’t stay longer than that.

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  33. europasicewolf
    Nov 21, 2016 @ 23:51:05

    A very beautiful place Sue🙂 I knew a couple a long time ago, who visited here…some kind of Christian retreat as I recall. They also found it to be a beautiful peaceful place that nourished their souls🙂 xxx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 22, 2016 @ 11:40:01

      Yes the peace is so tangible that you Feel it .. And I can see why it is chosen for such retreats Wolfie.. Hope you have not got soggy wet fur my friend.. The rain has been relentless here and roads flooded around us, thankfully not on our hill.. Sending lots of Hooooowwwwls your way xx

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  34. voulaah
    Nov 22, 2016 @ 06:35:31

    So beautiful this isle, very best place for peace and rest
    thnak you so much for good sharing dear Sue
    Kisses back to you
    Anita

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  35. Sageleaf
    Nov 22, 2016 @ 12:36:11

    Beautiful post! And…hehehe, I wanted to come over and let you know that I got your *sweet* email. And wanted to say that the comment box is…at the very bottom of those posts but so far no one has seen it. Ah well…I’m working on it, but it’s there and I LOVE your beautiful words and beautiful poems and beautiful posts and…and…sending you big HUGZ!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 22, 2016 @ 22:38:02

      Bless you for that and love your new name too🙂 Sageleaf.. I came over and scrolled down found the like button too this time and did see the post comment.. It told me to log in.. and the WP log in box came up, which I logged into and it keeps rejecting me.. I even changed my PW to see if it was an error there.. I will keep trying though xxx And thank you for your own lovely comment C.. xxx Hugs

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      • Sageleaf
        Nov 23, 2016 @ 13:12:10

        You TOTALLY helped inspire me to find a name that would resonate! I told my husband, Sue – Sue has such a beautiful name! It’s going to take me awhile, but I can’t launch my site until I have a name that has the perfect meaning for me. Hehe.
        And thank you so much for letting me know about the log-in stuff. I’m really glad you did – other people had a hard time, too. I went in and adjusted some settings, and hopefully it won’t give you grief next time.
        Can I just tell you how much you mean to me? How grateful I am to know you? You are such a wonderful soul, Miss Sue! You have totally inspired me and left your mark on my heart. I will forever be grateful! xo

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Nov 23, 2016 @ 14:16:42

          Awww what a beautiful thing to say dear friend.. Your logo is also perfect by the way The flower of Life symbol.. And I will be back to try my luck upon your pages once again very soon xx.. xxx

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  36. Gastradamus
    Nov 23, 2016 @ 21:27:04

    You are so lucky to get the opportunity to check out all of these places I dream about. Your a show stopper. Your beauty is fantastic and we at Gastradamus would love to hear what you think of our stories. Please check out Miss Scarlet and Blue Jasmine and let us know what you think

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  37. novelistbaba
    Nov 24, 2016 @ 12:53:27

    seems like a serene quiet and beautiful place……..no wonder monks came here to meditate……….
    i really get jealous of travel posts……..i have never been out of India……..i haven’t even travelled across India……….but i hope i do soon enough….
    great post!!!🙂🙂

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  38. Mithai Mumblezz
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 18:25:48

    Beautiful journey and pictures!☺

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  39. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 23:02:23

    The Isle of Iona is such a beautiful, picturesque place! I loved the cute red letterbox. The pictures along with your write-up have made it a great virtual tour for me…🙂 ❤

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