In Iona

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In Iona

Colmcille founded his most famous monastery in Iona. From here, he travelled and preached the gospel among the war-like Pict tribes of Scotland.


He is famous for his prophecies and sayings. He performed many miracles.


One of Colmcille's miracles is said to have involved the Loch Ness Monster. This story is the first recorded sighting in history of the legendary creature.

The story goes that Colmcille saved a man who was swimming from being killed by the monster. He made the sign of the cross and said to the monster, 'You will go no further.' At this, the monster fled in fear.


All the Picts who witnessed this act were amazed and converted to Christianity.