Isle of Iona - Iona
Iona is a small island in the Inner Hebrides off the Ross of
Mull on the western coast of Scotland. It was a centre of Gaelic
monasticism for four centuries and is today renowned for its
tranquility and natural beauty. It is a popular tourist destination
and a place for retreats. Its modern Gaelic name means "Iona of
(Saint) Columba" (formerly anglicised "Icolmkill").
The Hebrides have been occupied by the speakers of several languages
since the Iron Age, and as a result many of the names of these
islands have more than one possible meaning. Nonetheless few, if
any, can have accumulated so many different names over the centuries
as the island now known in English as "Iona".
The earliest forms of the name enabled place-name scholar William J.
Watson to show that the name originally meant something like
"yew-place". The element Ivo-, denoting "yew", occurs in Ogham
inscriptions (Iva-cattos[genitive], Iva-geni [genitive]) and in
Gaulish names (Ivo-rix, Ivo-magus) and may form the basis of early
Gaelic names like Eogan (ogham: Ivo-genos). It is possible that the
name is related to the mythological figure, Fer hÍ mac Eogabail,
foster-son of Manannan, the forename meaning "man of the yew".
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Visit Staffa, Fingal's Cave and Iona In One Day.
is a 45 minute sea journey to Staffa and Fingal's Cave which is
always splendid and atmospheric with basaltic columns formed 59
million years ago. Puffins can be seen ashore in season and often
guillemots, fulmars, great skuas, eider ducks, gannets, kittewakes,
black-backed gulls, great northern divers and razorbills on the
you are lucky it is possible to see occasionally a passing whale,
basking shark, porpoise, dolphin or otter. The trip lasts 3 hours
and you can disembark at Fionnphort or Iona.
trips leave for Staffa daily with at least 1 hour ashore.
From Iona: at 9.45am & 1.45pm and Fionnphort: at 10am & 2pm.
Prices: £30 Adult and £15 Child under 14 years.
trips and landings subject to suitable weather conditions.
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