Wow, a connection to St. Columba! How amazing! I really enjoyed this post. You painted a descriptive picture of Iona which I’ve always thought looked like such a lovely place to visit. One of these days I will get there myself. With regard to the peaty Scotches, I had to acquire a taste for them. I’m a drinker of Scotch and always preferred those with sweet notes. But over the years my tastes evolved and now I actually prefer a good, peaty Scotch. 🙂