Eileach an Naoimh
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
St Columba is thought to have visited the island, and one theory suggests that his mother Eithne is buried here. A solitary gravestone stands on the slpe of the hill above the monastery, marked with a simple cross. This is said to be the grave of Eithne (Aethne). According to Columba's biographer, Adamnan, many of the miracles associated with the saint at Iona actuallly took place at a nearby island monastery called Hinba, which has been tentatively identified as Eileach an Naoimh. A well near the monastery is still called St Columba's Well.
The monastery may have been destroyed during Viking raids in the 9th century, and has only occasionally been occupied since then. That very isolation probably explains the survival of the monastic buildings.
Note that there is no regular transportation to the island, so visitors will have to arrange their own boat service.
About Eileach an Naoimh
Address: Garvellach Islands, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: An island in the Garvellach group, north of Jura. No regular boat service, so if you want to visit you will have to arrange transport privately.
Website: Eileach an Naoimh
Photo Credit: Gordon Doughty, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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