MacLean's Cross

  • On Iona, about 250m south of the abbey



MacLean’s Cross is a free-standing stone construction dating to the late 1400s.

Carved from a single slab more than 3m high, the disc-headed cross is carved on both sides. Decorations include:

  • tightly packed plait-work and foliage
  • two animals on the east side, facing the road
  • a crucifixion scene on the west side
  • an armed horseman on the foot of the shaft – possibly a depiction of the MacLean chief who commissioned the cross

The carvings resemble the West Highland graveslabs on display at the Abbey Cloister and Museum at Iona Abbey, and in the MacMillan Cross at Kilmory Knap Chapel, by Loch Sween.

Opening times

Open year-round.

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