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Day Five: St Brendan's Isle
St Brendan's Isle
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This is yet another day entirely weather dependant. We shall travel by a motor boat (a private hire) to the isle where St Brendan founded the first known monastery in the Celtic Isles; the monastery was built in 541, which is two decades before St Columba even arrived to Iona. The island (the entire archipelago, actually) has been uninhabited for close to half a millennium, so this will be a wonderful opportunity to get lost in silence, solitude and prayer.

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Day Four: St Columba's Bay
Isle of Iona
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This is the silent day. As we'll be walking towards the Bay where St Columba and his monastic brothers landed in 563, we shall try to keep silent and say the Jesus prayer in our hearts. We'll be walking for one hour and half each way, with brief stops for rest, lunch and prayer. This is entirely optional; those who cannot make the walk may spend a beautiful day in the Village of Iona, praying at the Martyrs' Bay, in the old St Oran's Chapel or on the spot where St Columba's Cell once stood.

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Day Three: Inch Kenneth
Inch Kenneth
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Boots on, rainproof clothing on - time to sail (for three hours!) towards the small island off the coasts of Mull where St Kenneth lived as a hermit in the sixth century. We shall visit and pray in his cave and the ruins of the medieval monastery built on the foundation of the original Celtic one. God willing, we'll spot sea-eagles, seals and - maybe - even a whale (we did see them all in the past).

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Day Two: Dormition of the Mother of God
Isle of Iona
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We'll celebrate the Feast of Dormition in the oldest building on the holy isle of Iona - the 11th century St Oran's Chapel. After lunch, we'll visit the Abbey, the Nunnery, the Museum (absolutely, one of my favourite museums) and, weather depending, the White Strand of the Monks, a beautiful beach to the North of Iona, where many monks were martyred during the Viking attacks.

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Day One of Pilgrimage
Isle of Mull
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Divine Liturgy in the morning, followed by an afternoon walk to Moy Castle, St Kilda's Chapel and the lovely Laggard Sands.