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Monday, July 11th, 2019 - Day Eleven : Isle of Iona Abbey Sithean Mor Columas Bay Iona is known as the Holy Isle, and is said to be the seat of Christianity in Scotland. The monastery at Iona was founded in the 6th Century by St. Columba, and was the focal point of the spread of Christianity through the Dal Riata and throughout Europe. The Abbey of Iona stands as a majestic reminder of the long history of Christianity here. The original buildings of St. Columba's time would have been made of wattle and timber or wood and thatch, and so nothing of them remain. The current structure was begun in the 12th and 13th centuries. There is also a nunnery here. Iona housed St. Columba at a time when Celtic illumination was a part of Celtic Christianity. The Book of Kells is thought to have been largely produced here, and St. Aidan, the monk who founded the monastary at Lindisfarne, served at this Abbey first. Sithean Mor “Big Fairy Hill” is the next step in the journey to Iona. Sithean Mor reveals the connection of Iona to the fey. Sithean Mor is said to be a fairy mound, and a number of folklore tales are connected to the place. This is a great opportunity for those who feel connected to the fey to visit this beautiful, enchanted place. Columbas Bay is the place where St. Columba and the other monks were said to have landed on the island. Beautiful views await here, and it's well worth the walk. There are conical piles of stone on the west side, of unknown, but ancient, origin. Iona white and green marble can be found here, as well as translucent green “Columba's tears” or “mermaid's tears”. Locals say travelers should choose two stones, one to carry their negative thoughts and get tossed into the ocean, and the other to take with them to remind them of their journey to Iona. #avalon #sacredtravel #iona #isleofiona #ionaabbey #sitheanmor #Columbasbay #michelleorwick #spiriutalactivator