St. Martin's Cross, West Side of Iona Abbey


George MacLeod, founder of the Iona Community, believed that the Island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland, was a "thin place" where the boundary between the spiritual world and the material world was thin as tissue paper. Since the 6th century, when St. Colomba landed on Iona,  Christians have found this to be true, coming to Iona on pilgrimage and for worship. This is no less true in the 21st century as pilgrims, tourist, hikers, and bird watchers visit the island in great numbers. Perhaps not all of them are seeking a spiritual connection, but all find a place of peace, beauty, and history.

So it happened that, in the 2nd week of May, in the year of our Lord 2005, that a band of pilgrims from around West Berkshire set out from Reading, traveling north. In deference to the age of the majority of the pilgrims, they elected not to walk the pilgrimage, but to travel in a 15-passenger mini-bus. What follows is a summary in picture of our journey, capturing images of what we saw along the way and while we were in residence. The only way to capture the experience for yourself is to go there; something that any and all of the pilgrims on this journey would recommend highly.

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On the way: Reading to Iona.

At. Iona - A tour of the Abbey Church and grounds

A trip to the Island of Staffa