Vandals damage site of St Columba’s Shrine on Iona

Vandals have damaged the sacred Hebridean site where St Columba is buried.

Councillor Alistair MacDougall said stealing birds eggs was the most common crime on Iona but the authorities would now have other things to look out for after what he called a disgraceful attack on Iona Abbey. Picture: Donald MacLeod
Councillor Alistair MacDougall said stealing birds eggs was the most common crime on Iona but the authorities would now have other things to look out for after what he called a disgraceful attack on Iona Abbey. Picture: Donald MacLeod

St Columba’s Shrine, next to the abbey he founded on Iona, marks the spot where the saint’s remains were buried after his death in 597.

A wooden floor hatch covering the site was forced open and damaged between regular tours.