Iona Adventure

Iona Adventure 2018

We departed straight after breakfast on Saturday to embark on our Iona Adventure weekend. Miss Davies and Miss Craig, took the younger years in their mini bus, Mrs Scott and Miss Duerden had the noisy second formers in their bus, and Callum brought up the rear with a van loaded down with tents and camping equipment.

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Iona Adventure 2018

We arrived on time in Oban where we met up with Mr Scott, as well as Granny and Papa Scott who had kindly made three big pots of homemade lentil soup for us to enjoy.
We set up camp quickly and after lunch we all headed off to Easdale crossing the bridge over the Atlantic. Once at the harbour we met up with the Seafari Oban team. After being kitted out in our waterproofs and life jackets (Mrs Scott thought we all looked like little chubby minions in the blue and yellow outfits), we excitedly clambered onto our three ribs and sped off across the water, much to everyone’s delight.

Iona Adventure 2018

It was an exciting and very bouncy ride towards Corryvreckan. On the way, the skippers pointed out so many interesting things, including jellyfish, red deer, goats and a nesting Sea Eagle. We learnt about the vital role lighthouses play in warning incoming ships. We were then told a story about a sea witch and a pirate before heading into the bubbling waters of Corryvreckan. Some of the waves were very high and the sea was a bizarre mix of dead calm turquoise and green blue choppy seas with white horses running high on top of massive waves, which seemed to come from nowhere. We loved it. It was so exciting. The whole trip took two hours but we all wanted to do it again.

Iona Adventure 2018

After supper, we settled into our tents and chatted to our friends for a little while before falling asleep. This might not be true, we actually chatted until very late and Mrs Scott started to get grumpy.
In the morning, we rose early to catch the ferry to the Isle of Mull. On arrival, we met Mr and Mrs James who followed us in their car across Mull to Fionnphort .We chatted on route looking at the scenery and talking about the geography of the island. Once at Fionnphort we got the Ferry as foot passengers to Iona. We had a picnic lunch on the beach before heading up towards the iconic Iona Abbey.

Iona Adventure 2018

On route, we had a look at the social housing that Iona House had helped raise money for a few years ago. We then headed into the Abbey. We had a good look round and enjoyed the new museum at the back.
After spending time at the Abbey, we wandered back to the Ferry then travelled back to the campsite in Oban. Due to the inclement weather, cooking would have been impossible (perhaps) so we opted for some lovely fish and chips.
On Monday morning, we all struggled to get up early and head back to Edinburgh after what had been a brilliant weekend.

Iona Adventure 2018

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