Pilgrimage to Iona
We love going on pilgrimage to Iona, the holy island where St Columba first established his monastery. Over the years we have taken school groups, camped, or just popped over for the day. All are good. However more recently we have been developing a walking pilgrimage route to Iona from Craig Lodge which we call the St Conan’s Pilgrim Way. It is about 60 miles long. 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 away 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!
2019 Guided Walking Pilgrimage of St Conan’s Way, June 17-23
Join us on this walking pilgrimage from Craig Lodge to Iona. We will take care of your accommodation and provide a support vehicle to transport your luggage.
Lots more info and how to book at: stconanspilgrimway.com
Download St Conan’s Pilgrim Way information booklet.
Iona’s History in Brief
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.
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.