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Inner Hebrides

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One of the most popular tourist sites in the Inner Hebrides is the Isle of Iona, a small island off of the west coast of the Isle of Mull. Iona is unique as it was originally considered a holy gateway to the afterlife by druids, and later was the landing place of St. Columba, upon his departure from Ireland. It was from Iona, therefore, that much of Scotland was converted to Christianity, and to this day it is considered a holy island to many christians. In terms of attractions on the island, there is the Iona Abbey, which houses the remains of several prominent historical figures (including St. Patrick, and MacBeth), as well as the Iona Nunnery, which is mostly in a state of ruin. The Iona community is small (under 100 in the winter), and largely composed of fishermen and people who have come to Iona for religious reasons.

For the secular soul, however, Iona is also an interesting destination as it boasts beautiful open expanses, wildflowers, and beaches along its north shore, and hills, heather, swamps, and countless hidden coves and tidal caves along its south shore, many of which are completely secluded and are rarely visited.

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