7.5 Port nam Mairtear

Tá Bagh na Naomh (Bá na Naomh) suite díreach ar an taobh ó dheas de lár an tsráidbhaile, taobh thall de Bhagh Rònain.

Fuair sé a ainm i gcuimhne ar an 68 manach ó Oileán Í a mharaigh creachadóirí Lochlannacha in ionsaí a rinne siad ar an oileán in 806.

Bhí áit thábhachtach ag an bhá i searmanais adhlactha do ríthe, do thaoisigh clainne agus do ghnáthdhaoine a cuireadh i Reilig Odhráin.

Tugadh cónraí anseo ar bhád agus rinneadh moill ar an Ealadh – tulán beag féarach díreach taobh thiar den bhá – sular iompraíodh suas chuig an reilig iad lena gcur.

Martyrs Bay © tjlewisphoto.com
 
 
   
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    7.1 High Crosses and Abbey

    Colmcille arrived on Iona in 563 having left Derry in Ireland. According to tradition, Colmcille looked for a place to build his monastery where he would not be able to see his homeland - hence his choice of Iona.

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    7.2 Vallum, Abbey and Cloister

    The Vallum marked the boundary of the Colmcille’s monastery on Iona. It is formed by two embankments on either side of a deep ditch. This raised ground is 335 metres long by 152 metres wide.

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    7.3 St Oran’s Chapel and Graveyard

    A cobbled track runs between St Martin's Cross and the wall of the graveyard. This is the only visible portion of 'The Street of the Dead', a medieval pilgrim route used for funeral processions.

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    7.4 The Nunnery/An Eaglais Dhubh

    The Nunnery was built at about the same time as the Benedictine Abbey - in the 13th century - by Reginald, son of Somerled, Lord of the Isles. His sister Bethoc was the first prioress.

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    7.5 Martyr's Bay

    Martyrs Bay is just south of the village centre, beyond St Ronan’s Bay. It is named in commemoration of the 68 monks of Iona slaughtered by the VIking raiders who attacked the island in 806.

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    7.6 Hill of the Angels

    According to Colmcille’s biographer, Adomnán, Cnoc nan Aingeal is where the saint was seen meeting with the angels.

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    7.7 St Columba's Bay

    Colmcille arrived in Iona from Argyll in 563 where he had been seeking permission to build a monastery on land belonging to the ruling clan - the Dál Riata.

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    7.8 The Hermit's Cell

    Today all that remains of the Hermit’s Cell is a rough stone foundation of an oval hut which would have been made of timber or turf. An entrance faces southwest to capture the most daylight.