Walk: Northern Iona - closer to heaven

[Tràigh an t-Suidhe]

Iona is sometimes described as a "thin place": where the distance between heaven and earth suddenly seems much less. If that's true, then perhaps the island's high point at Dùn I (fort of Iona) is the closest to paradise you can get, with wonderful views across the entire island, Mull, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles from the windswept summit, free from the crowds which can interrupt the tranquility of the abbey below. Continue to the island's pristine northern beaches and you might think you've been transported to the Caribbean instead, especially if you happen to catch the white sands at low tide.

[View over Iona Abbey to Mull from Dùn I]

Name: Walk: Northern Iona - closer to heaven ★★★☆☆
Length: 8 km / 5 miles
Ascent: 140 metres
Main summits: Dùn I (101 metres)
Points of interest: Baile Mòr; Iona religious sites; Iona Heritage Centre; Tràigh an t-Suidhe
Start / finish: Iona jetty, Baile Mòr, G.R.: NM 287240 ///indoors.herring.dockers

Route: Start & Baile Mòr - Iona religious sites & Heritage Centre - Auchabhaich - Dùn I - return to Auchabhaich - Tràigh an t-Suidhe - return by outward route, omitting Dùn I
Terrain: Mostly tarmac road (very few cars). Grassy, steep path to Dùn I; track and sandy path to beaches.
Wildlife today: Cows and sheep; small fish, limpets and anemones in the beach rock pools.
Weather today: Very changeable with sunshine and heavy showers after early rain. Windy.

>> see separate post for Iona Heritage Centre ★★☆☆☆
>> see separate post for Iona religious sites ★★★★☆

[Baile Mòr]

Getting to Iona

Access to this small island is by 10-minute CalMac ferry (several times daily) from Fionnphort on the west coast of the Isle of Mull. Cars aren't normally allowed on Iona without a permit.

[Baile Mòr]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

[Iona Abbey]

[Dùn I]

[This sheep didn't seem to mind being used as a perch...]

[View north from Dùn I]

[View south-west from Dùn I]

[Dùn I from below]

[Houses on the track to the north end of the island]

[Tràigh an t-Suidhe - there are actually several beaches separated by rock bands]

[Tràigh an t-Suidhe]

[Iona Abbey and Dùn I seen from the ferry to Iona]

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