History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The carving style is traditional of the 'Iona school' of carvers who were active here during the 15th century. Other carved grave slabs from the Iona school are stored in a small building beside the abbey.
The cross is over three metres high and is carved from a single solid block of stone. The design is of the type known as disc-head, with intricate foliage and plaitwork designs on both sides. There are animals carved on the east face and a crucifixion on the west side.
On the foot of the cross shaft is an armed horseman who may be meant to represent the MacLean chief who paid for the cross to be carved around the year 1500.
The Maclean Cross is superbly preserved; in fact, it is hard to think of another cross so well-preserved in Argyll, especially considering that it still stands exposed the elements.
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About Maclean's Cross
Address: Iona, Iona, Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site - Carved Stone
Location: On Iona island, reached by foot passenger ferry from Fionnphort on Mull.
Website: Maclean's Cross
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Nearest Accommodation to Maclean's Cross:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Maclean's Cross. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.