This Hidden Island Off Scotland Is The Epitome Of Tranquility


Travel-obsessed adventurers know that the U.K. is a true bucket list destination, but there’s a hidden Scottish island that’s probably not on your radar. It may be small in size, but it’s big on beauty and rich in culture.

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The Isle of Iona, which is an island off of Scotland’s western coast, is home to only about 200 residents; however, it attracts over 130,000 tourists to marvel at the sites each year. The Isle is only four miles long and one mile wide with one major village, Baile Mòr, nestled in the center.

With lush highlands, rocky cliffs and surprisingly crystal blue water, Iona is a great destination for anyone who wants the U.K. experience without all the noise.

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So, what is there to do? Nature is priority one on this island, and you’ll want to be outside as much as possible. Surrounded by the sea, Iona hosts a variety of sea life including basking sharks, orcas, pilot whales and minke whales, as well as three species of dolphin.

The Isle also has a golf course, bike and kayak rentals (you’ll be able to bike the whole island easily in a day), and a few pubs and restaurants where you can relax and indulge in traditional Scottish fare. End your day at a cozy bed and breakfast, like this one.

It doesn’t get more tranquil than Iona. If you’re itching to cross the pond, but need to unwind, consider visiting this tiny island. It’s right up our alley.

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