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  • "We came from the Central Belt on the bus to Oban. That was a whole day and more than 100 miles" said one lady

    "It was tiring" said another.

    "We had a night in Oban" said the third.

    "Then we had to get the ferry from Oban to Craignure on Mull. That was an early start but it was nice on the ferry with the stormy sunrise."

    "We had to get a bus all the way from Craignure to here (Fionnphort ferry terminal). I didn't realise the Isle of Mull was big! It took forever. Having to stop in passing places and wait for sheep on the road! But it was nice to see."

    "We hoped to get to the isle of Iona. We've always wanted to go to Iona."

    "Yes, to see the Abbey and the wonderful interior. It's the atmosphere. Lovely. Lovely."

    Noting a hint of sadness in their voices, I ask "But?"

    "But the weather is so bad the ferry will not run today".

    "We've spent days and hundreds of miles traveling here on our wee pilgrimage to Iona but can only stand and look across at the island. But not get there. And the forecast is worse for tomorrow and maybe the next day too so it looks like we wont get there. We'll need to go home."

    "What will you do today instead?" I ask

    Laughter. Laughter. Laughter.

    "We'll drink tea and stand in the rain!"

    "Its lovely for our skin. It keeps us looking young!"

    I smiled. "I can see that! Do your mothers know where you are?"

    And as they walked off arm in arm they just laughed and laughed and laughed.
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