It was a centre of Gaelic monasticism for four centuries and the home of St Columba. But now the site of what is believed to be a prehistoric village has been found on the island of Iona. The “exciting” discovery is close to the site of the isle’s primary school... continues...
Follow Hamish's directions.
Access to the site is via a couple of field gates.
As Hamish says, this site is all about the location. The views across the channel to Mull are fantastic. The clear turquoise water, white sand, rose colored rocks and lush green grass is something to behold. Added to this a blue sky and white fluffy clouds - a change from the torrential rain on my last visit!
Cladham Diseirt is overgrown and unloved.
Iona is a special place, somewhere everyone should visit at least once.
Despite the miserable weather (it was windy and pouring down) Iona is a fantastic place to visit.
I couldn’t get over how fantastic the quality of the beach and the cleanliness of the water was.
Although we were soaked through it didn’t stop us playing on the beach while we waited for the ferry. I am sure the other visitors sheltering in the nearby buildings mush have thought we were mad!
On a sunny day this would be a great place to spend the day and have a picnic.
As for the Bullaun Stone it is no longer next to the well.
I couldn’t see it and there was no one I could ask as both the visitor centre and the H.S. office were closed for the day.
If you ever get the chance to visit Iona and its Abbey, stone crosses etc please do so – you won’t be disappointed.
St Columba may have chosen a remote place to set up shop but he sure knew how to pick a stunning location.