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Baile Mor


Argyll and Bute

A small village and the only significant settlement on the island of Iona, Argyll and Bute, Baile Mor lies on the east coast of the island overlooking the Sound of Iona and the village of Fionnphort on Mull. Baile Mor was the site of a 6th Century monastery and nearby there are 13th century remains and a 15th century Celtic cross (MacLean's Cross). Iona Parish Church is a Parliamentary church, paid for by the British Government, designed by engineer Thomas Telford (1757 - 1834) and built in 1828. The remainder of the village was laid out in the early 19th C. by the Argyll Estates. The primary school dates from this time, comprises two rooms and has a roll of 21 pupils (2015). Iona Abbey, the burial place of St. Columba, is located to the north of the village. There is also a post-office and two hotels.


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