Inner Hebrides, Scotland: Mull, Iona, and Staffa

Inner Hebrides, Scotland: Mull, Iona, and Staffa


The best day out from Oban
is the three-island tour and we’ve caught
the early ferry on our way to Mull, Iona, and Staffa. Right away, we’re immersed
in grand island views. Be on deck to make the most
of the experience. After an hour, you approach
the isle of Mull. Everything is coordinated
and a bus is standing by, ready to take us
across the island. Enjoying the drive,
you’re struck by the pristine scenery,
the sparse population, and how Mull feels hardly
touched by civilization. On the far west of Mull, another ferry makes the short
crossing to the isle of Iona. Iona is tiny,
but with a big history. It’s just one village,
3 miles long, 150 people, almost no cars. [ Baaing ] It’s famous as the birthplace
of Christianity in Scotland. ♪♪ The year was 563. A nobleman,
who became Saint Columba, fought a battle over in Ireland. He won, but was so sickened
by the bloodshed that he left his homeland,
vowing never to return. According to legend,
this was the first piece of land he came to
out of sight from Ireland. He stopped here
and built a church, which eventually became
this abbey. Iona became a center
of Celtic Christianity. [ Tender tune plays ]
From here, Saint Columba’s monks spread the gospel
throughout Scotland. This remote, little island
was a center of art and learning back when most of Europe
was almost illiterate, mired in relative darkness. The exquisitely illustrated
Book of Kells — this is a copy
on display in Dublin — is perhaps
the finest piece of art from Europe’s early Middle Ages. Monks wrote it here, on Iona,
in the 8th century. Over the next centuries, Columba’s monastic
community grew in religious importance. The abbey became the burial
place for chiefs and kings. According to legend,
dozens of ancient kings, Scottish, Irish, and even
Scandinavian, rest here. [ Outro plays ]
[ Gulls squawking ] After many generations,
in about the year 800, Viking raiders were terrorizing
coastal communities all across western Europe,
including Iona. After one terrible massacre, 68 monks were killed
right here on this beach. The survivors packed up
their treasures, including the precious
Book of Kells, and returned to Ireland. Today, a thoughtful calm pervades Scotland’s
holiest of islands. After centuries of pillaging, little remains
of the original abbey, but if you’re interested
in tranquility and a bit of meditative peace, Iona is a fine place for a break
from your busy itinerary. ♪♪ Next, a fastboat takes us
to our third island of the day, Staffa — famous for its
bird life and striking
volcanic rock formations. ♪♪ Our captain gives us
a dramatic sneak preview of the fabled Fingal’s Cave. He then drops us off
for time to explore. Walking across
the uninhabited island, we head for the hidden nests
of a colony of Atlantic puffins. ♪♪ We wait patiently and quietly,
observing the hardworking adults bringing home a fishy
breakfast for their chicks. ♪♪ Hiking along the base
of the cliffs, using Staffa’s distinctive
six-sided basalt columns as stepping stones,
we reach Fingal’s Cave. ♪♪ Peering into the
geological darkness, so surrounded by nature,
I savor the moment. Enjoying the interplay
of the sea and the rocks, I think of the generations
of romantics who’ve stood right here
and been inspired.

38 comments on “Inner Hebrides, Scotland: Mull, Iona, and Staffa

  1. Rick did you see Sec Mike Pompeo in Pacentro Italy 3 weeks ago…His Great Grandfather from there…so is mine…and Madonna's 🇺🇸✝️🌎

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  3. Birds are look beautiful colour at 3:33 but I saw a giant jelly fish at 4:12 , is it ? can any body confirm ?

  4. Please Rick Steve please you create your own series on Netflix like world travel serieses like, our Planet , your videos are best videos I've ever seen 😍❤️🌏🌏✈️🏡🌲🌲

  5. Rick Steve's is anti-semetic he sides with the Palestinians. I will no longer watch his program again he calls the West Bank and the Golan Heights occupied territories. Israel won these territories after being attacked 4 times by all their neighbor's. 🖕💩

  6. I'm a tech, finance and policy guy, but at times I need a break to refresh, rejuvenate and recreate my soul by sailing a yacht, flying a plane, working on a ranch or vineyard, or just snorkeling off of a tropical island.  I need intense physical recreational activity to slow my mind down and relax. I relax only when my mind is too tired to think.

  7. In the cities, you have cafes, restaurants, museums, opera houses, theaters, libraries,  malls, parks and, in some instances, even the oceans just a short walk, ride or drive away. In the country, you have none of those,  so you need a massive diverse topography and a wide range of sporting indulgences such as riding, mountain/rock-climbing, camping,  skiing, sailing, surfing, scuba diving or snorkeling etc, so that you'd never tire of exploring the place and entertaining yourself. You'd also need a wide range of indoor sporting activities or literary indulgences for the evenings and the  night.  In addition, you'd need another routine of  activities such as managing a  resort, a ranch, a vineyard, a brewery or a distillery to keep busy. And, finally, you need homes for caretakers and even laborers, unless you have a nearby village or town to employ labor from.

  8. Hey, Rick! I was looking into the purchase of a country estate in the UK. For the Sun and the beaches, I'd choose Southern California, Florida, the Bahamas, other Caribbean countries and islands,  Italy, Greece, Portugal, France and their islands, and even Hawaii,  Australia, the Philippines, Thailand and their islands.

    I would want the property be a country  estate with an oceanfront, but it could also be on a loch that one could sail a small yacht up  from the ocean. The landscape should be like none other in the world to make the property a distinctive UK property different from all the other properties in the world.

    The property should have sufficient revenues in terms of income from a distillery, a brewery, a vineyard, a farm or a ranch; membership fees from a yachting, hunting or a country club; or rental fees from a beach, adventure or ecological tourist resort  for it to be able to at least pay for its own upkeep.I’m drawn to the stark and northerly Scottish landscapes, but I wonder if these would be able to generate a viable revenue stream.

    Some of these are Whisky-producing regions but I wonder if some of the Scottish islands would have rivers, streams, lochs or other sources of fresh water. The coastal real estate in the Speyside and  highland and lowland regions might be prohibitively expensive .  I’ve also yet to come across grain, rye, malt or any other cereal grown on the islands. These would be too cold for good vine, wouldn’t these? Would these also be too distant from the rest of Britain for tourism, yachting and hunting? I mean wouldn’t most people prefer the diversity of continental Europe for holidays, unless these were a convenient weekend hop?

    I haven’t been around the U.K. much, except for Dover, Harwich, Cheshire and London. I of course loved London, but  don’t know much about the British countryside.  I have been around most of the rest of the world, though.

    If you were to choose a country estate with a beach in Britain, where would you choose it? By beach, I mean access to the ocean for a yacht. It would be hard to imagine one sunbathing in the northerly landscapes, besides one can find excellent beaches in southern latitudes in other countries.

    Furthermore would you tend to agree or disagree with my reasoning down below?

    Would it be fair to presume that aside from the metropolitan bustle and the stark northerly landscapes of Britain, southern Europe, southern  US, southern Africa, central America and Asia would have climates far more suitable to both beach-life and viticulture than most of the UK, and perhaps even as scenic?  So if one were to choose a property in the UK, would the northern Scottish  landscapes be hard to find anywhere else in the world except for remote and  lonely Iceland or Greenland?

    I wanted to find properties in Britain that I couldn’t find anywhere else in the world, so ended up viewing  the stark landscapes on Scotland’s northwestern shores, the  somewhat less stark landscapes like those of Inmarnock island and the  Ardnarmuchan peninsula, and other interesting landscapes on Scotland’s eastern coast near loch Ness, but I doubt if country estates in these regions could generate a viable revenue or be easy to even resell.

    At the moment I don’t really have the means but  if I were to acquire the means to purchase an estate, I would want one that was:

    a) on the coast or perhaps on an island or a loch that had its own dock with access to the sea through a channel at least 9-ft deep (and was…)

    b) either large enough or topographically diverse enough for one to never really tire of exploring the broad range of activities one could pursue on the estate itself (and the estate was…)

    c) financially viable on its own through either multiple and  diverse seasonal streams or singular stable revenue streams such as the membership fees from a golf course, a recreational country club or hunting or yachting club; the rental from a beach, adventure or a ecological tourist resort; or the income  farming/ranching, viticulture or a distillery (or was…)

    d) viable for development as a resort even though it didn’t, at the moment,  have much in terms of lodgings and infrastructure or income. (Furthermore, the estate was…)

    e) around an hour’s drive from a nearby city or town for one to escape the blues, should one feel lonesome.

    Would the southern coast from Canterbury to Plymouth and perhaps even up  to Cardiff and, in particular, the Channel Islands have a climate not very different from that of France and suitable to viticulture? Would these also have large undeveloped swathes along the coast? Would Southern Europe, Eastern US and Central America be better choices than these?

    Would the southwestern British coast, all the way from Pembroke shire to Porthmadog and perhaps even as high North as Campbelton,  be somewhat shielded from the winds by the landmass of Ireland for a climate that at least wasn’t too extreme? Would there be anything particularly alluring about this landscape? What would  the potential sources of income for an estate in this region be? Would you prefer this region to any other region?

    The northwestern coast of Scotland, like the west coast of Canada, seems to have clusters of islands to shield  the mainland from fierce waves and perhaps even winds, but this borders the cold Atlantic and icy Iceland and Greenland beyond, not the warm Pacific. This isn’t mostly a wasteland, is it? Anything particularly attractive or financially lucrative about it? What sort of income could one generate from an estate in this region? I find this exceptionally scenic, but can one profitably run an estate over here?

    The East Coast of Scotland seems shielded by the European continental landmass, but by the frigid northern and Scandinavian ones. Anything in specific that would draw one to such landscape?  Could one find affordable and workable beachfront estates over there? Is this where most of the Scottish whiskey is produced? Would this be the best compromise between southern and northwestern Britain in terms of both spectacular landscape and viable income?

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