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Worth the Visit if you enjoy Cemeteries

We stopped here after visiting the Abbey, and it was nice and uncrowded. Nice views of the Abbey... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paso Robles, California
Worth a stop on the way to the Abbey

Interesting stop in this cemetery to consider the burial locations of those that came before and... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2018
Westfield, Indiana
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Some of the biggest names in Scottish royalty have been buried here since Scotland's earliest days.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here after visiting the Abbey, and it was nice and uncrowded. Nice views of the Abbey and the ocean from the cemetery. Enjoyed wandering around looking at the various tombstones. Quite a lot of history here. Don't forget to stop into the St...More

Thank pasowine
Reviewed 20 April 2018

Interesting stop in this cemetery to consider the burial locations of those that came before and helped to make the history of Scotland.

Thank 725vickib
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Go through the little metal gate and through the graveyard, heading into the small chapel. Try to read the names and dates on some of the headstones - these are the Kings of Scotland, clan chiefs, and other royals buried here.

1  Thank Michael R
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Again this is place that you wouldn't want to come back from Iona having not looked around it. Providing the weather is nice you can walk round it before or after visiting the chapel. Again it is part of the islands history.

Thank DREW R
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Brilliant visit to Iona, beautiful place very peaceful. Scenery fabulous. Went to visit John Smith's Grave (Scottish Politician), disappointed grass in the cemetery was three feet high, and not very well kept considering the amount of visitors who would come to see Iona. Abbey, Nunnery...More

1  Thank Carmondean
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely feeling here and soaked with history, a must visit and the children had a ball learning here.

Thank WwwanderlusttT
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Walk in the shadow of great men and women of faith. It is a must see as you visit Iona and the monastery. I loved the solemnity and solitude.

Thank Alan R
Reviewed 14 October 2016

The cemetery is known as Relig Odhrain. Named after one of St Columba's followers, Odhrain or Oran, who according to the legend volunteered to be buried alive as a sacrifice to prevent the walls of the first church built here from falling down. What concerned...More

2  Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This cemetery is reputed to be the burial location for many of the kings of Norway and Scotland, including Macbeth. Whether or not this is true or not, it is certainly interesting and historical. St. Oran's chapel is also located here and both are free.

Thank RandyRoss
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Always interesting to wander through and admire the history of what is buried here. So refreshing to see that cemeteries are respected. There was a plaque describing some of the notable people buried here that also explained just how violent some of the clans were...More

Thank Seabird21
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