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Iona Abbey


Iona Abbey is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites.

Iona Abbey

Iona Abbey is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites. The abbey was founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563. As a celebrated focus for Christian pilgrimage, Iona retains its spiritual atmosphere and remains an enduring symbol of worship.

The abbey church was restored at the beginning of the 20th century, whilst work on restoring the living accommodation began in 1938, following the foundation of the Iona Community. Today, the Iona Community continues the tradition of worship first established by St Columba 1450 years ago.

Iona Abbey website homepage
Visit the English/Gaelic Iona Abbey microsite for more detailed information on Iona and it's history.  www.ionahistory.org.uk


Highlights

  • The location – the tiny island of Iona has a very special feel.
  • The High Crosses – these four 8th/9th-century crosses provide tangible links to the strength of belief that led to the founding of Iona as the Beacon of Christianity 1,500 years ago.
  • Tòrr an Aba – stand on this little hill overlooking the later abbey and contemplate the life of St Columba.
  • The abbey church – retains many fine medieval features.
  • Reilig Odhráin – the little cemetery beside Sràid nam Marbh, ‘the street of the dead’, where many ancient Scottish kings were laid to rest.


Green Tourism Award - Gold

Location

Region – Central and West
Postcode: PA76 6SQ

Opening arrangements

Summer
1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Winter
1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (Sundays unmanned – Abbey Church, Shrine, Michael Chapel and grounds open)

Admission prices

All year
Adult £7.10, Child £4.30, Concession £5.70

Events at Iona Abbey

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30 July 2014

The Three Estates Costume Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Ring of Brodgar Guided Walk

Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge

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Katy Dove Exhibition

Duff House

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Stirling Castle

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Swords of the Righteous

Edinburgh Castle

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Standing Stones of Stenness Guided Walk

Stones Of Stenness Circle And Henge

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Fortress for the King

Fort George

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