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Work Trip To Iona

I was back on Iona for a few days recently to work with Iona Craft Shop and here’s a few photos from my journey.

train to Oban

It’s a bit of an expedition to get there but beautiful all the way. This is from the train to Oban near Arrochar. There was snow on the hills from Helensburgh to Mull but also a few signs of spring.

I had a stop off in Oban overnight but there is really not much to do on a Sunday in February except enjoy the views.

ferry to Mull

The winter timetables are such a nightmare that I had to get up at 5:45am in order to make it to Iona without having to hang around for hours waiting for a connection. It did mean I got to see the sunrise from the ferry to Mull.

You then have a long bus journey across Mull but I didn’t take any photos because I was half asleep. We missed the ferry to Iona by seconds but thankfully the ferry came back for us! Iona is still as beautiful as ever, regardless of the weather. It was very windy and cold but still surprisingly mild for February, especially after so many weeks of storms.

Iona Craft Shop

I was there to work with my friends at Iona Craft Shop and we got a lot done so I didn’t get up to much else. You should take a look at their refreshed website and all the lovely things they make and sell.


Getting off Iona was much more difficult but the ferry guys did a heroic job in some horrendous weather. I was certainly much more awake by the time I got on the bus.

Isle of Mull

The journey home wasn’t quite as enjoyable with rain and mist all the way back to Helensburgh, but at least there were no delays.

This was my fourth time on Iona and I definitely recommend a visit, but perhaps not in the winter! There’s much more to do during the summer and it’s much easier to get there. And if you’d like me to come over and bully/advise you about sorting out your website, get in touch!


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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