There was a mass in the abbey but my younger son and myself spent most of the time watching birds.
One end of the island was very much the herring and lesser black backed gulls’ territory – they looked a bit scary.
We saw puffins from the boat which was a result.
It is interesting seeing an island up close when it is often in the background viewed from the land. The kids have grown up seeing it from their primary school.
This seems like yesterday but I can see how small the kids were and for them it probably seems a lifetime ago. I haven’t got any younger looking since then either! Just the one of them at primary now – and he goes to high school next year.
Named after Saint Columba, the Abbey was founded in the 12th century.