Many old tombs can still be seen, including that of the last prioress, Anna, who died in 1543.
There was a steady stream of tourists filing through on their way to the abbey.
Also visit Aosdana which is full of Celtic Iona silver jewellery, and the Oran creative crafts co-opererative in the Columba Steadings opposite the Columba Hotel.
A very useful biography was written about Saint Columba just a century after he died.
Iona Nunnery Next to the school on the way from the pier to the Abbey, these 13th century ruins and their colourful garden deserve at least a few minutes of your time. For information about the abbey, visit the Iona Community web site.
Iona Heritage Centre The former manse next to the church is now the heritage centre. Iona Abbey For a description of the Abbey, see the extract from my travelogue below. The number of visitors has increased to a level which the island can barely sustain (reports speak of 150,000 people a year).
Check the local events diary to see what's happening.
By the roadside, Mac Lean's Cross, some three metres high, stood over them watching and waiting for more of the faithful to arrive.
A marker predicting the end of the journey for centuries of believers.
The Columba Centre was opened by Historic Environment Scotland in Fionnphort on Mull in 1997 as part of the commemorations for the 1400th anniversary of Columba's death. There are several good craft/gift shops and a book shop on Iona - click here for a list.
The Iona Gallery and Pottery run by Gordon Menzies is super.