Marble Quarry

Marble Quarry, Isle of Iona: Address, Marble Quarry Reviews: 4.5/5

Marble Quarry
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Gerry G
122 contributions
Another Iona Gem
Apr 2019
Liek all on Iona, this is special. A marble quarry that is historic. History and spirituality is what you will find on Iona ... so go and enjoy this truly amazing Island.
Written 19 December 2019
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Fiona J
5 contributions
Iona Marble Quary
Jul 2018 • Solo
I went to the beach St Columba landed on, then to the marble quary. On coming up from the quary instead of going left and retracing my steps, I went right, following routes, fences and using the sea, Mull and the Abbey ( when visible) as guides. I was able to do a loop. I am an experienced hiker in my fifties. Did it solo. But you do have to be prepared to take a chance. If you can’t find stiles or gates, you may have to retrace. A fabulous adventure!
Written 20 October 2018
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Dorothy T
Edinburgh, UK21 contributions
Challenging
Jul 2018 • Friends
Very difficult to find but perseverance pays off. Still relics of the quarrying can be found there and this very distinctive stone can still be found in much of the jewellery sold on the island
Written 7 August 2018
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DavidDWilson
Falkirk, UK97 contributions
Worth the walk
Jun 2018
Old quarry with machinery still in place. Its not that easy to get to and expect wet feet unless you have the appropriate footwear. Its quiet and peaceful once there, take something to eat and drink (take home your rubbish please) sit, chill and soak up the past.
Written 5 August 2018
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Dawn W
Tecumseh, Canada62 contributions
Torr Mor - Watch Out for the Steps!
May 2017 • Friends
What a wonderful way to get a clear view of the countryside! It's a fairly easy climb (though a trifle steep if you aren't used to hills!) Exercise caution if you go down Jacob's Ladder - that hand 'rail' is NOT secure. I'd recommend taking the road down and climbing up Jacob's Ladder if you come back that way. Then you can live to say you climbed it!
Written 6 July 2017
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Jo C
Wrexham, UK29 contributions
A little gem of a cove!
Apr 2017 • Couples
Takes a bit of finding and the area is quite boggy all around, but it was really worth it. The machinery has been painted to try to preserve it for as long as possible and it's really amazing to try to imagine how the marble was worked there, especially as it is so tranquil there now.
Written 19 April 2017
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BubsandCo
Edinburgh, United Kingdom181 contributions
worth finding
Sep 2016 • Couples
If interested in industrial archaeology or geology this is worth the tramp over the moors on a thin but visible path wet underfoot.
Written 31 October 2016
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Catherine M
Glasgow, UK443 contributions
Tough
Sep 2016 • Friends
A long walk across bogs and tall heather to the south of the island. Not far from Columba Bay, east no more than 700 meters if you don't get lost. The only clue is a sign post without a sign about 6-From there look down hill to the coast where you will see a gully about 5 meters wide that leads to the shore. The first clue you are in the right place is old industrial machines that have been preserved. Then you will see hewn bales of rough white with a pale green strata. Until 1918 it was the source of the whitest ecclesiastical marble apart from Carrara.
The quarry is changed from 30 years ago. There appears to be a seawall across the rubble remains of the quarry. It is actually a collapsed cliff that has also covered the small cave and cove. If you climb cross the dike you can see the marble that fell into the water and prevented the boats from collecting from the quarry, which makes the water have an iridescent white glow.
Anyone considering this outing needs to wear proper boots with ankle support and take a coat, just in case the weather changes plus water. You need to be fit as there are no short cuts or easy ways back.
Written 30 September 2016
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kpt1356
208 contributions
Tricky to get to - but worth it
May 2016 • Solo
An atmospheric and fairly hidden part of Iona. Quite a boggy walk in places and steep descent to cliffs from which a white.pale green marble was extracted. Old machinery still visible (despite winds and waves over the years)... almost feels as if the workers left yesterday!
Written 26 May 2016
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Kathryn B
Scunthorpe, UK102 contributions
A great place to get away from the crowds
Jul 2015 • Couples
Use a sat nav to find this...recommend NavMii as it has all the footpaths. Lovely little spot and great for taking photographs - all the old quarry machinery still in place. Atmospheric.
Written 10 August 2015
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