Today we drove right to the end of the Ross of Mull to catch the ferry across to the Isle of Iona (with coach loads of other people!) At parked at Fionnphort with the mobile bank, which was driven by a very jolly driver.
Iona seems to have been full of chapels and holy places and there is certainly a feeling of peace on the island. The Abbey itself is very interesting, we were able to have a good look around and there is a real sense of history. The new restoration work to the building is very impressive and seemed to be being done with reverence. I particularly liked the cloisters.
We had a late lunch sat outside (a bit chilly, but dry) whilst eating I was sketching one of the two large, stone crosses outside the main doors of the Abbey.

A4 ~ watercolour

After we went for a short stroll west along the island, but I felt we needed longer to explore properly, as ever time was against us.
On the drive back, we stopped at Bunessan for a cup of tea, which we supped looking out at the tranquil (today) Loch na Lathaich. The island of Eilean Ban is on the left and in the distance is Na Liathanaich Lighthouse, looking rather lonely. You couldn’t have a better spot for a refreshing brew and a sketch.

A4 ~ Watercolour

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