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Iona Abbey

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

Iona Abbey

Argyll and Bute Council are carrying out essential repair works on Iona Slipway on the following dates, 17-26 March, 15-23 April and 2-8 May 2015, when for periods of time each day a passenger only ferry will operate. For more information please visit

The tiny island of Iona has been a vibrant centre of Christian worship since Columba arrived here in AD 563. His monastery thrived for centuries, despite repeated Viking raids beginning in 795. Around 1200, the Abbey and Nunnery were founded, introducing new forms of worship and new buildings, while still welcoming pilgrims to St Columba’s shrine.

Even after the Protestant Reformation of 1560 brought an end to Scotland’s monasteries, Iona served briefly as a Cathedral of the Isles.

Restoration of the buildings began in 1899, and in 1938 the Iona Community was formed, revitalising the abbey’s spiritual role. This unique site bears witness to a long history of religious practice that still flourishes today.

Visit the English/Gaelic Iona Abbey microsite for more detailed information on Iona and it's history.

Iona Abbey website homepage


  • The location – the tiny island of Iona has a very special atmosphere.
  • 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 a beacon of Christianity 1,500 years ago. They are displayed in the newly refurbished museum.
  • Tòrr an Aba – stand on this little hill overlooking the 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 legend has it many ancient Scottish kings were laid to rest.
Green Tourism Award - Gold


Region – Central and West
Postcode: PA76 6SQ

Opening arrangements

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

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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19 April 2015

Allan Ramsay - Master Draughtsman

Duff House

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Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Kinneil House - Free Open Days

Kinneil House

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From Gretna to Gully Ravine

Edinburgh Castle

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Duchess Anne's Gardens

Kinneil House

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