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July 9, 2014

It must be at least fifteen years since I was last on Iona.Iona, Staffa and oban 017

I had always remembered the white of the sands and the peculiar blue/bright green of the sea on a fine day. I was not Iona, Staffa and oban 032disappointed. The colour of the sea is…well you need to be there on a clear day and go and look for yourself.

In the burial ground, the ancient resting place of Scottish kings, we wandered for a while, pausing by the grave of the late Labour Party leader, John Iona, Staffa and oban 018Smith. He had not been there long at the time of my previous visit.

Surely one of the great “what-ifs” of British history is what might have happened to our poor beleagured country if John Smith and not Blair had won the landslide election in 1997?

I suspect we might be living in a happier land.

On then to the reconstructed Iona Abbey, the centre of this ‘thin place’. I have to confess I’m not a fan of the new abbey. It seems cold to me. And visiting is far too commercial. I’m not convinced one should have to pay to get into the sacred places of these islands.

What makes it worth while are the grave slabs on display in the museum – these evoke a real feeling of the past. Of a time when a warrior caste roamed these islands. Of early(c) John Bainbridge 2014

(c) John Bainbridge 2014

monks and nuns that found a worship here.

And then the Argyle Hotel, which serves the best teas with the best views of any establishment on the island.Iona, Staffa and oban 023Iona, Staffa and oban 024

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  1. July 13, 2014 11:40 pm

    It doesn’t seem to matter which politician or party wins each election – whoever does, we’re usually screwed! 😦

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