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Iona Abbey

Take the foot ferry to Iona and step off onto one of Scotland’s most sacred sites.

Iona, Western Isles

Opening times

Open all year April to September: 9:30am to 5:30pm and October to March: 10am to 4pm (HS charges apply).


Western Isles
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This tiny island by Mull has been a vibrant centre of Christian worship ever since St Columba arrived in AD 563.

Columba’s monastery survived until the end of the 12th century, despite repeated Viking raids. Around 1200, the sons of Somerled – ‘King of the Isles’ – founded a Benedictine abbey here. Pilgrimage to St Columba’s Shrine continued to thrive, though monastic life on Iona ended with the Protestant Reformation of 1560.

It’s thought that the world famous Book of Kells was made here, along with other great works of art. Iona’s Abbey Museum houses Scotland’s finest collection of early medieval carved stones and crosses.

The Iona Community, formed in 1938, has revived the abbey’s long tradition of work, worship and teaching.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Famous connections

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • National heritage here

  • Social heritage stories

  • Wildlife haven

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Café within 500m

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Historic Scotland

Contact information

Other nearby churches

Oronsay Priory

Oronsay, Western Isles

When the tide is favourable you can easily cross The Strand to Oronsay and walk the two and a half miles to the farm and Priory.