The waters of the northern and southern Bras d’Or Lakes meet at the Barra Strait which is a narrow stretch of water spanned by a bridge. As soon as we passed under that bridge on August 16, we tied up at the wharf of the small village of Iona right behind Diva Di. Iona is known for its replica of a Scottish highland village. We walked about a mile and a half up a hill to visit it.
The village was very well done with 10 restored historic buildings spanning the mid 1700’s to the early 1900’s. There was everything from a blacksmith’s shop to a school house, barn, general store and various versions of homes and how they developed over the years. The guides were all in period costume and they stayed in their role as we queried them about life in those times.
The buildings were arranged on a beautiful hillside overlooking the water so the views at every turn were outstanding!
After lunch, we moved on to our evening’s anchorage in Maskells Harbour, another quiet cove where we could spend the night surrounded by trees on all sides. This time we shared the cove with about five other boats but we all had plenty of room as we settled into another lovely night on the hook.