Favorite thing: there is a liqueur made on the Isle of Mull called Columba Cream. It's sold in the Abbey giftshop and probably the other gift shops on Iona as well. It is a mixture of fresh cream, Scottish honey and Scotch whisky. No additives or preservatives. You can taste each of the ingredients as you savour the taste. It's the most incredible taste in the world!
Fondest memory: In the Abbey gift shop i spied the various sized bottles and asked what it was like. The shop clerk offered me a small sample then and there and i was hooked and sold! That night after my friend and i returned to our hotel in Glasgow we had some over ice and reminisced about our day.
Beaches and blue sea
Favorite thing: When we arrived in Fionnport, the place where the foot ferry leaves for Iona, we were astonished at the colour of the sea. It was a cloudless sunny day and the water was that bright peacock "Mediterranean" blue. I've never seen that colour water this far north in the Atlantic. There is a white sandy beach at Fionnport and two over on Iona, one on either side of the Ferry pier.
The rocky shores and barren hills make it feel like you might be in Turkey or Greece on a sunny day where the water is such a gorgeous colour.
Fondest memory: Iona is only a couple of miles long and is a Christian religious mecca. There are many spiritual groups that come to Iona to see the Abbey. The island has that aura of spiritualism too, it's very peaceful.
The tranquil island...
Favorite thing: Although frequently visited by day trippers from Fionnphort, the island remains a haven of tranquillity with its own atmosphere, which comes to its best the evening when the tourists are gone.