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Glacial erratic on the east coast of Iona just a bit south of our lodging. Glacial erratics are rocks picked up by a glacier and later dumped in a different place when the glacier melts.

Glacial erratic on the east coast of Iona just a bit south of our lodging.  Glacial erratics are rocks picked up by a glacier and later dumped in a different place when the glacier melts.

Looking south at horses and sheep on a small farm on the east side of Iona located just off where the main road curves westerly toward the Bay at the Back of the Ocean.

Looking south at horses and sheep on a small farm on the east side of Iona located just off where the main road curves westerly toward the Bay at the Back of the Ocean.

Jim at a beach on the east coast of Iona located 0.17 miles south of where the main road curves westerly toward the Bay at the Back of the Ocean.

Jim at a beach on the east coast of Iona located 0.17 miles south of where the main road curves westerly toward the Bay at the Back of the Ocean.

Looking southeast from Iona toward Erraid Island and associated rocks.

Looking southeast from Iona toward Erraid Island and associated rocks.

Noisy group of seagulls on the east coast of Iona.

Noisy group of seagulls on the east coast of Iona.

A view of the rugged east coast of Iona with interesting split in the rocks. This is a good example of what much of the Iona coastline looks like.

A view of the rugged east coast of Iona with interesting split in the rocks.  This is a good example of what much of the Iona coastline looks like.

Looking up from the beach on the east side of Iona we spotted what looked like a wall. So after a bit of hill climbing from the beach in the background here is what we found.

Looking up from the beach on the east side of Iona we spotted what looked like a wall.  So after a bit of hill climbing from the beach in the background here is what we found.

Looking north after our beach walk and hill climb on Iona. We had to work our way back through pastures searching for gates to the main road which is just past the house in the center foreground.

Looking north after our beach walk and hill climb on Iona. We had to work our way back through pastures searching for gates to the main road which is just past the house in the center foreground.

Cluster of beautiful wildflowers growing out of a break in the rocks.

Cluster of beautiful wildflowers growing out of a break in the rocks.

Multiple clusters of beautiful ferns growing out of a break in the rocks.

Multiple clusters of beautiful ferns growing out of a break in the rocks.

East face of the 15th Century Maclean’s Cross on the road between the ruined nunnery and the restored Iona Abbey.

East face of the 15th Century Maclean’s Cross on the road between the ruined nunnery and the restored Iona Abbey.

West face of the 15th Century Maclean’s Cross on the road between the ruined nunnery and the restored Iona Abbey.

West face of the 15th Century Maclean’s Cross on the road between the ruined nunnery and the restored Iona Abbey.

Dunsmeorach, originally the home of George Macleod who was the founder of the Iona Community in 1938.

Dunsmeorach, originally the home of George Macleod who was the founder of the Iona Community in 1938.

View of the Iona Abbey from Reilig Odhrain/St. Oran's Graveyard located just south of the Abbey.

View of the Iona Abbey from Reilig Odhrain/St. Oran's Graveyard located just south of the Abbey.

Grave slabs displayed inside Caibeal Odhrain/St. Oran's Chapel.

Grave slabs displayed inside Caibeal Odhrain/St. Oran's Chapel.

Door to Caibeal Odhrain/St. Oran's Chapel dating to the 1100s the oldest intact building on Iona.

Door to Caibeal Odhrain/St. Oran's Chapel dating to the 1100s the oldest intact building on Iona.

Caibeal Odhrain/St. Oran's Chapel dates to the 1100s and is the oldest intact building on Iona.

Caibeal Odhrain/St. Oran's Chapel dates to the 1100s and is the oldest intact building on Iona.

West side of Crois Mhàrtainn/Saint Martin's Cross with Iona Abbey in the background. Carved in the 800s AD this is the only early high cross on Iona in its original location.

West side of Crois Mhàrtainn/Saint Martin's Cross with Iona Abbey in the background.  Carved in the 800s AD this is the only early high cross on Iona in its original location.

Historic marker detailing the scenes on the West side of Crois Mhàrtainn/Saint Martin's Cross.

Historic marker detailing the scenes on the West side of Crois Mhàrtainn/Saint Martin's Cross.

Sràid nam Marbh/Street of the Dead is a stone paved walkway linking the Iona Abbey to the adjacent burial ground and further south the the landing point at Martyr's Bay.

Sràid nam Marbh/Street of the Dead is a stone paved walkway linking the Iona Abbey to the adjacent burial ground and further south the the landing point at Martyr's Bay.