Iona

IONA is a real place.  It’s a tiny, storm-swept island off the western coast of Scotland, just three miles long and a mile wide.  At first glance it seems nothing more than a treeless sliver of rock and earth, yet historians consider it to be one of the most significant places on earth.  In Iona Portal, angelologist Michael Fletcher describes the place this way:

“In 563, an Irishman named Columba and twelve followers came to Iona and established a community.  The history books call it a monastery, but it wasn’t the kind of monastery most people think of.  It was more like a town…  a cluster of thatched huts, surrounded by a stone and earthen embankment.  The ‘monks’ tended fields, raised livestock, practiced crafts, and worshipped God.

But unusual things happened there.  One of Columba’s successors  described Iona as a place of strange glowing lights, angels, demons, and supernatural manifestations.  He wrote that Columba and his followers went out from Iona with supernatural powers.  They performed miracles, healed the sick, drove out demons, and converted all of Scotland from paganism in a single generation.  For centuries—during the darkest of the dark ages—monks from Iona went throughout Europe, teaching, and founding schools.  At one time, the place was known all over Europe.

Even today, visitors sometimes comment that the barrier between the material and spiritual realms is very ‘thin’ on Iona.  Many writers describe Iona as a place where the material and spiritual planes meet.  Angelic beings seem to pass in and out of our dimension very easily here.” – Michael Fletcher, Iona Portal

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Ferry Arriving from Fionnphort

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THE SAINT COLUMBA HOTEL

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VIEW FROM THE SAINT COLUMBA HOTEL

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HILL OF THE ANGELS

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The Bay at the Back of the Ocean

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 Scene of Iona Portal’s climactic battle

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