Walk: Northern Iona - closer to heaven

Mull | Iona | Half day walk | ★★★

[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.

[Baile Mòr]

📌 Walk: Northern Iona - closer to heaven ★★★
Start / finish at main jetty, Baile Mòr, Iona, G.R.: NM 287240 ///indoors.herring.dockers

▶ 8 km / 5 mi | ▲ 140 m | ⌚ Half a day | Easy
Features: Baile Mòr; Iona religious sites ★★★★; Iona Heritage Centre ★★; △ Dùn I (101 m); Tràigh an t-Suidhe
Terrain: Mostly tarmac road (very few cars). Grassy, steep path to Dùn I; track and sandy path to beaches.

Route & map

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

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: Cows and sheep; small fish, limpets and anemones in the beach rock pools.
Weather: Very changeable with sunshine and heavy showers after early rain. Windy.

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.

Chronological photo guide

[Baile Mòr]

[Baile Mòr]

[Iona Abbey]

[Dùn I]

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

[View over Iona Abbey to Mull from Dùn I]

[View north from Dùn I]

[View southwest from Dùn I]

[Dùn I from below]

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

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

[Tràigh an t-Suidhe]

[Tràigh an t-Suidhe]

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


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