Mull and Iona
leave the continent on the ferry to Mull. The weather is rainy and
on our way across the island we witness fantastic scenery like the one
on the right: fog, lakes, mountains and grass.
the day, the sky brightens and almost across the island we find this
small idyllic place with the sign B&B, and we decide immediately
that this is the place to stay at. It is located close to this stone
bridge and in the distance we can see the hotel and restaurant where we
have our dinner.
settling in and leaving our luggage, we decide to drive a bit further
on in the direction of Iona. We pass lovely landscapes like these and
also a group of black sheep.
- not to forget - this interesting fellow: A Highland cow. The next day
the weather has changed once again and the rain comes pouring down:
right on the day we had planned an outing to Iona. But what the heck:
we are travellers, adventurers, and in fact the coastline is
impressive in all sorts of weather. On the right is the harbour
with nets on the Mull side.
ashore on the Iona coast is quite an experience in itself, walking up
the gangway from the ferry in the pouring rain. Looking towards the
island we see this cluster of houses with the abbey in the distance.
with her umbrella Else makes her way to the abbey. After seeing the
abbey we walk on and Else finds a group of her friends.
weather conditions like this it is nice to find a tea-room
and we have coffee and a couple of flapjacks and a scone. Mhm! In the
meantime the weather has changed yet again, so we head for the coast on
the other side of the island. Most of the other tourists stay on the
side with the abbey, so most of time we have the coast all to ourselves.
I feel at peace with myself looking at the coastline with its rock
formations and the feeling of the endless sea behind them. On the ferry
back it is marvellous to see Iona bathed in sunshine. In the distance
we can see the abbey.
some reason Else feels at home among the thistles, symbols of Scotland.
Here she poses together with some of her friends with the loch and the
mountains in the background. After this exhausting outing to Iona we
need a little drink before our evening meal at the B&B.
In the early morning the next day
I take a walk along the shore outside the B&B. The surface of the
water is like a mirror, everything is quiet and the thimbles form a
decorative image with the loch and the mountains in the background. It
is time to say goodbye, and I have asked our kind hosts, Peter and
Carol, to step outside for a photo. We appreciate their great
hospitality and openness. The boy that Carol is carrying is not her
own. She takes care of him while his parents, some other guests at the
B&B are having their breakfast. Her own sons are grown-ups.