The wonderful thing about Oban (on the west coast) is that you can get to many of the islands by ferry, so it was always in the plan to do a trip to Mull and Iona if the weather was good and the weather was amazing! We got the big CalMac car ferry to Mull, a bus along the length of the island and then a smaller ferry to Iona before doing it all in reverse.
Mull is an island carved by the movement of glaciers. The bus passed along valleys, and by lochs flanked by mountains.
At Fionnphort we changed to a smaller ferry (big enough to fit the Royal Mail van and passengers!) and headed over to the island of Iona, famous for its abbey and thought to be the original home of the Book of Kells.
The Iona Abbey is interesting and picturesque, but the small museum and the carved crosses caught my attention more than the buildings themselves. History washes over you wherever you look (there’s also a ruined nunnery), but the place is ridiculously like a living postcard. Particularly on a sunny May day.
This was what we got to enjoy while waiting for the ferry back over to Mull…
One of my favourite stories from the Iona trip is that originally we were going to do a tour that included Staffa as well. A young American couple, who were staying at the same guesthouse as us, did it the day we arrived and it was partly a comment by them (very tiring) that made us do Mull and Iona only.
Then on the bus through Mull while our entertaining driver was pointing out the local bird life he mentioned that there was an island where you could get right up close to puffins. Naturally my ears pricked up at that!
It turned out you could only get to Lunga, where the puffins were, if you did a Staffa and Lunga tour. So the whole thing turned out perfectly. Funny how that happens when you’re traveling sometimes.