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Fergs85 wrote a review Oct 2020
Thornton-Le-Dale, United Kingdom808 contributions157 helpful votes
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Well, this is truly an iconic place and although the interior of the abbey itself cannot be visited right now, it's worth making the trip over to Iona just to take in the atmosphere. The abbey grounds are well laid out with enough information boards to tell you what you need to know. There's a lot of important Scottish history here, the spirituality of the place cannot be denied, and and you can also pay your respects at the grave of John Smith, the best leader the Labour Party never had!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Susan A wrote a review Oct 2020
Dundee, United Kingdom203 contributions125 helpful votes
We have been here many times and never tire of this place. Mull itself is beautiful then you get a very short ferry trip to Iona and a short walk to the Nunnery and Iona Abbey. All worth a visit but this time around because of Covid you were not allowed into the Abbey itself. A real shame because inside is stunning to see. Still worth a visit to see the outside
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Date of experience: October 2020
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MS53LA1 wrote a review Oct 2020
Needingworth, United Kingdom121 contributions32 helpful votes
It sounds counter-intuitive but we found the Abbey so much more inspiring during its covid19 closure. We came several years ago and got very little from it as it was overun with gawking tourists. Now they're not there there is so much more atmosphere and reverence about the location. You actually have chance to think and be awed.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Christine O wrote a review Sep 2020
Letchworth, United Kingdom343 contributions54 helpful votes
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Iona is a wonderful place to visit. We went for a day trip taking the ferry from Fionnphort to Iona. There is free parking in the village and the ferry seemed to travel regularly back and forth. It cost £3.50 return per passenger for the 10 minute crossing. Everywhere is easily accessible by foot though, in September 2020, the Abbey was not open. However we just enjoyed walking around soaking up the peaceful atmosphere. The views across the sea are beautiful. Some of the hotels seemed to be open to serve food and the little Spar was well stocked. Even in these times, it is still a place of quiet and beauty.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Simon JB wrote a review Aug 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom19 contributions5 helpful votes
Went to Iona on the recommendation of my mum and a colleague who grew up around here, and really glad we did. In simple terms, this is the religious focus of the area, so provides interesting history for the area. The ferry across was short and pleasant (to be taken on foot only - free parking available), with a short walk to the Abbey. The Abbey buildings themselves are closed due to COVID but there’s still enough around to justify the visit. There are interesting signs to learn about the history of the place and of the island, the views are really nice, and there’s a very quaint coffee shop just down the road. It’s worth the journey if you’re on Mull so would definitely recommend it. Just be warned that it takes a long time to get to on very windy roads, so give yourself the time to enjoy it properly. I would 100% recommend it over Tobermory, which is nice but essentially just a lived-in town.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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