Iona is considered a holy island and burial place of kings. Iona Abbey is the focus of the island and contains some of the most outstanding examples of stone carvings in all of Britain. Outside stands the magnificent 8th century St. Martin’s Cross. The nave is a sight to behold, dominated by high stone arches and wooden beams. Next to the Abbey is an ancient graveyard where a mound marks the burial place of 48 of Scotland’s early kings, including Macbeth. The Iona Hostel is one of Scotland’s best places to stay, and is located at the end of the island’s only road. You are close to a fabulous beach and the tranquil setting is the home of sheep and ducks. Another great place to eat or stay is Argyll Hotel, a more upscale option with beautiful gardens and views.