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Move along nothing to see here

There might be lots of history here but who knows. best kept secret by christians baybe. A cliff... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2016
Not Easy To Find

Even with a map and a compass it is not easy to find this spot. But once you have located this... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2015
Northampton, United Kingdom
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A powerful testimony to the power of religious conviction in the history of the island: the ancient, now abandoned, ruins of a stone cell built by a devout hermit.
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12 Aug 2016
“Move along nothing to see here”
19 Jun 2015
“Not Easy To Find”
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

There might be lots of history here but who knows. best kept secret by christians baybe. A cliff with a couple of good if not slimy climbs easy in the grade. Other than some piles of rocks and a half decent if basic stone wall....More

1  Thank ThomasClanadventures
Reviewed 20 June 2015

Even with a map and a compass it is not easy to find this spot. But once you have located this circle of stones it is a great place to sit for a while to ponder life's mysteries. Whether it was a place of isolation...More

1  Thank SimonVillette
Reviewed 12 June 2015

Getting to this site is a little bit tricky, I came from Port Ban on the west coast, its basically near the second largest hill on Iona. I found it on my way to Dun I and also found it more easily coming from Dun...More

3  Thank lancashirescott
Reviewed 31 January 2015

The Hermit's Cell is just a ruin now...hard to find, but well worth the effort. Sit for a while, close your eyes, and imagine who lived there and what his life was like...

Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Well of the beaten track, the hermit's cell is probably best visited by participating in one of the Iona Community Pilgrimage tours.

Thank John N
Reviewed 20 May 2013

We, who are free to worship as we like, come to Iona and are reminded of the numbers of lives lost, the numbers of 6th Century Christian missionaries who were killed on Iona, in the drive to bring the Good News to a wider world.

Thank L B
Reviewed 19 May 2012

Worth a visit, hard to find, and part of Iona`s heritage.All that remains of the Hermit’s Cell is a rough stone foundation Supposed to be where Colmcille prayed. Fantastic rock formations near by, very jurassic. Without cars the island is for walkers and explorers. Wear...More

2  Thank Keith c
Reviewed 27 December 2011

Iona's history is raw. there are no sign-posts or paved walkways. The island is for explorers - spiritual and physical. The Hermits Cell is simple, unmarked and holy. Had it not been raining I would have stayed and rested against its rocks for a long...More

1  Thank shiverwinnipeg
Reviewed 17 August 2011

There's no clear footpath. Have your map, rain gear, and wear hiking boots. I ended up walking in some real boggy stuff.

Thank Cynthia K
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