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Hermit's Cell or Sheep Enclosure?

Getting to this site is a little bit tricky, I came from Port Ban on the west coast, its basically... read more

Reviewed June 11, 2015
Lancashire, United Kingdom
A holy spot.

Well of the beaten track, the hermit's cell is probably best visited by participating in one of the... read more

Reviewed June 4, 2014
John N
Los Angeles
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Aug 12, 2016
“Move along nothing to see here”
Jun 19, 2015
“Not Easy To Find”
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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Reviewed August 12, 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

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank ThomasClanadventures
Reviewed June 19, 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

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank SimonVillette
Reviewed June 11, 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

Date of experience: June 2015
4  Thank lancashirescott
Reviewed January 30, 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...

Date of experience: May 2014
1  Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed June 4, 2014

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

Date of experience: May 2014
Thank John N
Reviewed May 20, 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.

Date of experience: September 2012
Thank L B
Reviewed May 19, 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

Date of experience: May 2012
2  Thank Keith c
Reviewed December 27, 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

Date of experience: August 2011
2  Thank shiverwinnipeg
Reviewed August 16, 2011

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

Date of experience: July 2011
Thank Cynthia K
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