The Isle of Iona is best known for its beautiful Abbey and its connection with St.Columba. It is believed to be the first Christian site in Scotland. Iona is nearly 3 miles long and only 1.5 miles wide. It is now maintained by the National Trust for Scotland, and attracts pilgrims and many thousands of tourists each year to the Abbey and beautiful white sandy beaches. Iona is also a haven for wildlife - both fauna and flora with its peace and tranquillity lending itself as an ideal sanctuary.