The island only has two major settlements, Baile Mor and the Iona Community
Iona was founded in the 6th century by St. Columbia from Ireland. He set up a monastic community here that was the home of celtic christianity for six hundred years until King David suppressed celtic christianity in the twelfth century. Iona remained a major pilgrimage site until the reformation when the island was sacked and the community scattered. In the early twentieth century, the abbey was rebuilt and a new monastic community has begun here, providing much of the tourism for the island.
Walk across the island and get to the stony beach with the unique green stones.
Walk to the top end of Iona where there are several, beautiful white sand beaches with stunning views back towards the Ross of Mull or out towards other Hebridean islands. This walk can be combined with a visit to the Abbey, which is enroute to the beaches.