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Place:
IONA

Pilgrimage Context:
Day 2-4 of Scotland tour, 3 night’s lodging, retreat

Pilgrimage Includes:
train, bus, and ferry transportation, two pilgrimage walks

Significance:
Site of monastery and mission center founded by Irish Saint Columba in 563 AD

Location:
An Island of the inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

History:
Iona monastery became one of the greatest Celtic center for learning, missionary activity, and book production. The Book of Kells may have been written here. The monastery fell prey to Viking attacks as early as 794. The monks that escaped are said to have brought St. Columba’s remains to Ireland along with the manuscript of the Book of Kells which is on display at Trinity College, Dublin. The Iona Community, a Christian community of men and women is based on the island. The island continues to be a popular destination for pilgrims.

Celtic Saints Association:
Saint Columba, Saint Aidan

Historical Monuments:
• Iona Abbey
• monastic ruins
• high crosses
• graveyard of the Kings

Tourist Amenities: