The little island of Iona in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland has been a place of pilgrimage since St Columba established a monastery there in 6th century. From there St Columba set out on journeys that brought the good news of Christ to the people of Scotland and beyond. Viking raids, and the ruination unleashed by the Reformation, destroyed the monastic community. However thanks to the fame of its founder St Columba, the island has always been revered as a holy place. In the 1930s the Abbey was rebuilt by the Church of Scotland minister, Lord McLeod, and is now home to an ecumenical community. In 1991 a Catholic Prayer House was established and Mass began to be celebrated regularly on the island once again. http://www.catholic-iona.com/index.html
We love going on pilgrimage to Iona to visit this holy place. We are happy to help you with your pilgrimage and have a great deal of experience leading youth pilgrimages, accompanying private groups or encouraging walking pilgrims on their way there.Many groups choose to spend a night at Craig Lodge on their way to and from Iona. They find the prayerful setting lends itself to their pilgrimage experience.
St Conan’s Pilgrim Way
As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations we established a walking route from Craig Lodge to Iona. We have named it St Conan’s Pilgrim Way after a follower of St Columba who we regard as our local saint.
A Walking Pilgrimage Route to Iona
As part of the Community’s 25th Birthday celebrations over 2015, we initiated a walking route between Craig Lodge and the Island of Iona. We have named it after our local saint, St Conan, a follower of St Columba known for his great devotion to Our Lady.
The route takes in some spectacular scenery – the majesty of Cruachan’s peaks above the Lairig Noe Pass, the basalt cliffs, stacks, arches & caves along the coast of the Ross of Mull and the unforgettable sunsets over the Sound of Iona. It offers a perfect opportunity to clear our heads of our day to day preoccupations and marvel afresh at the beauty of Creation. The downloadable booklet below provides information on: route options, accommodation, transport and useful contact numbers. You are also welcome to contact us for further information. Happy planning and Buen Camino!
We hope to add to this page as more of us do this walk and we gather in more ideas and tips. We would love to hear your feedback.
Download St Conan’s Pilgrim Way information booklet.
St Conan’s Pilgrim Way Gallery
Scottish Pilgrim Routes – http://www.sprf.org.uk/links.html
Info on the Walking route to Iona – http://www.thewayofstandrews.com/route/routes-and-photos/st-columbas-way/
Ferry Info – http://www.calmac.co.uk/
Following In His Footsteps
In September 2016 I accompanied my Dad, Calum MacFarlane-Barrow, on his sponsored walking pilgrimage to Iona to raise funds for Craig Lodge. Thanks to everyone who supported us with donations, prayers and encouraging waves! It was great fun and very blessed. This is the blog we kept of our walk and we hope it inspires many other pilgrimages to Iona.