Sunday, 15 June 2008
Sailing and Scottish History
Eithne's Grave said to be St Columba's Mother.
There are many advantages of being able to board a yatch and head out to the Western Isle's of Scotland.
One of them was our visit to this beautiful and historical Island "Eileach an Naoimh" (Isle of Neave) on the South side of the Isle of Mull. Irish Monks in the 6th to 8th century used to go in search of remote islands for peace and solitude. This remote Island was first discovered by St Brendan of Confert 21 years before St Columba discovered Iona. The remains form one of the most complete surviving groups of early christian buildings in Scotland and are also said to be identified as "Ailech" a daughter house of St Columba's monastry on Iona. The monastery was abandoned in the 9th century when it was attacked by viking raids but remained a place of pilgrimage and of christian burial.