On Sunday afternoon, February 7, approximately 50 members and their guests logged in to take part in a digital exploration of the history and culture of the isle of Iona, just off the Isle of Mull on the West Coast of Scotland.
With the cold temperatures and the snow we had that day, what an advantage it was to be able to explore a part of Scotland without leaving home. Not everything is bad about Corona.
Iona Abbey is one of the oldest Christian religious centres in Western Europe. In 563, the priest-warrior Columba came to Iona from Ireland with twelve companions and founded a monastery. It developed as an influential centre for the spread of Christianity among the Picts and Scots.
Today Iona Abbey is the spiritual home of the Iona Community, an ecumenical Christian religious order, headquartered in Glasgow. The Abbey is still a popular Christian pilgrimage site.
Normally, NTAB organizes one or two trips to National Trust properties in the UK every year, as well as monthly excursions to places of interest in Belgium. Due to the current situation with Covid, the steering committee has decided to cancel all local excursions and postpone all trips to the UK until 2022.
That’s why during these special months we looked for alternatives to create value for our members. Digital travel to the UK is an obvious choice.
In February we actually had our first virtual excursion, to Scotland. The tour lasted 45 minutes, the whole presentation about 1:15 hours including introductions and questions at the end. The presentation was curated and narrated by Andrew Baxter, a professional Green Badge Tourist Guide (Glen2Glen Tours).
by Johan Vanbrabant, webmaster