Oban ferry to Craignure, Mull
Fionnphort. Fionnphort is on the most westerly point on Mull and is the key staging point to the island of Iona. With a population of 70, Fionnphort is Gaelic for ‘white landing place’, probably named after the light coloured sandy beaches nearby. Famous for its pinkish granite stone originally quarried for the construction of Iona Abbey, its popularity spread to include Skerryvore lighthouse, the Albert hall, Grayfriers Bridge and Holborn Viaduct.
Fionnphort ferry to Iona (10 mins).
Explore the Abbey and the Island of Iona
Iona is a tiny low lying crofting island with a population of around 130 people. It is known as ‘The Cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland due to the arrival of St Columba from Ireland in 563 AD. From his base in Iona he and his followers spread the gospel across Scotland and Northern England. Reilig Odhram the cemetery that surrounds St Oran’s Chapel is reputed to be the burial place of 48 Scottish kings, 8 Norwegian kings and 4 Irish kings. The heritage, sandy beaches, the wildlife and the restorative sense of tranquillity cannot help enrich the time spent on the Island. Every year over 130,000 visitors make the journey to Iona.
There is an additional opportunity to take boat trip to the Fingal’s Cave on Staffa - 3 hour round trip - £30 per adult)
Craignure by 17.05 for ferry to Oban.
Board the morning ferry from Oban to Craignure on Mull. Oban is best seen from the sea, so don’t miss the opportunity to climb on deck and enjoy the grand spectacle as you journey past the esplanade, Dunollie Castle and island of Kerrera. Keep your cameras ready for the Lismore Lighthouse and Duart Castle. The route will follow the A849 to Fionnphort then a short ferry ride to the island of Iona.