I was recently on holiday in Scotland and took the opportunity to visit the Isle of Mull. Off the west coast of Mull is the Island of Iona, which is more well known for its ancient Abbey. This is a shot I took of of the cloisters of the Abbey and I was struck by the high contrasts given by the sun shining through the colonnades.
An Abbey was founded here in 563 by St Columba, who came here from Ireland. At this time the name of the island and so the abbey was "Hy" or "Hii"; "Iona" only seems to date from the 14th century, as a mis-transcription of a Latinized "Ioua" for "Hy"
The Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript which can be seen at Trinty College, Dublin, is believed to have been produced by the monks of Iona in the years leading up to 800.
Many early Scottish kings (said to be 48 in total), as well as kings from Ireland, Norway and France, are said to be buried in the Abbey graveyard. Numerous leading Hebrideans, such as various Lords of the Isles and other prominent members of West Highland clans, were also buried here.