The next morning we visited the Iona Craft Shop, which had beautiful handmade blankets and other woolen items. We also rented bikes from the shop so we could explore more of the island. The weather was beautiful, sunny and fairly warm for early April, and since it was early April there weren’t many visitors yet.
The woman at the Craft Shop suggested we start with two of the beaches on the north side of the island so that’s where we went. We left our bikes at the end of the road (no need to lock them up) and walked past some cows to get to the beach. The blues and greens of the water and the white sand make it look like the Caribbean, but people who swim here usually use wetsuits, even in the summer.
After having lunch at the Argyll Hotel, we rode down to the central-west part of the island where there is a machair and a golf course. This beach is called the Bay at the Back of the World, and it is known for its views of the Spouting Cave, a place where water comes in and then rushes out the top.
We picked up some dinner at the tiny village shop (more like a convenience store) and ate at our picnic table. Mary Ella got to help out with moving some sheep to a field across the road.
After dinner we climbed up the tallest point on Iona, a hill called Dun I. We had great views all the way around the island, and of some other islands farther off. The sun was going down and the light was lovely.
The next morning we checked out of our pod and caught the ferry back to Fionnphort, but not before we got to give some breakfast to the lamb.
The Mull and Iona trip was one of my favorites, even though not all of us were there. Our reverse journey of ferry, bus, ferry, train, train, train, and bus went smoothly. We did hit just a little bit of traffic on the bus from Fionnphort to the ferry in Craignure: