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Iona Abbey and Nunnery

Iona Abbey Iona ABBEY ISLE, PA76 6SQ, Scotland
+44 1681 700512
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Iona Abbey is one of Scotland's most historic and sacred sites. Located on the Isle of Iona, just off the Isle of Mull, it 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 1,450 years ago. To mark the 1,450th anniversary of Columba’s arrival, Iona’s magnificent carved stones have been redisplayed in the Abbey Museum. New interpretation panels, audio guide and souvenir guidebook are also available.
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Iona Abbey Iona ABBEY ISLE, PA76 6SQ, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very special place that is still alive with pre-St. Columba history, the Vikings, and survival of Celtic-Christianity. The home of the origin of the Book of Kells, the original crosses. Walking around looking at the stone work, Iona green marble alter and...More

Thank CindyLou2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many remote, quiet and very spiritual places in Scotland. This is one of the most famous and certainly one of the oldest sites....it has also received perhaps the most publicity. As a result, it is easy for expectations to outrun the reality. The...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Iona Abbey was a center for learning and spiritual growth for the early Christian church. As I walked through the grounds, I felt a connection to God that comes with leaving the world behind. A sense of peace and quiet envelop this island which in...More

Thank Donna H
Reviewed 27 November 2017

I, along with several friends, spent one of the best 24 hours of our lives on Iona back in September of 2006 and have been anxious to return ever since. My BFF and I are celebrating milestone birthdays in 2018 and are returning to that...More

Thank ophidia
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Beauty, truth, goodness and God connect here. We enjoyed the worship service and the gift shop as well as the property and grounds.

Thank Brent C
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Great Audio guide, very interesting museum and the Abbey history was fantastic. Nice shop and friendly staff. It was a very wet day so we did not spend too much time exploring the other ruins. I would go back. There are toilets near the ferry....More

Thank Sam T
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We took the ferry from Fionnphort early morning in late October. It was a very easy walk from the ferry port in Iona to the nunnery and the abbey. Both were absolutely beautiful, especially with the early morning sun.

Thank Kerry M
Reviewed 29 October 2017

A very old, historic abbey on Iona. You need to take a walking ferry, as only cars that belong to Iona residents and have been given permission by the Iona Council are allowed on this tiny island. Exit the ferry and take a right up...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

The island was lovely very well looked after. I do think the shop was expensive and to pay to go in the church. I think the church should be more of a donation. Other wise I enjoyed the island. The island is very relaxing

Thank Jenna J
Reviewed 24 October 2017

I have always wanted to visit Iona, just to find out why it was chosen by St Columba. Sitting on a bench looking over to mull it is not hard to imagine how busy this stretch of water would have been when the Abbey was...More

Thank MacSapper
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Linda C
14 August 2017|
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Response from davekb | Reviewed this property |
No I wasn’t there on a Sunday.
25 May 2017|
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Response from buckfast39 | Reviewed this property |
The cruise line will almost certainly be running a tour there. It will take all day. 2.5 hours each way but more than worth it.
18 August 2016|
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Response from magazine2016 | Reviewed this property |
Not yet. I plan to go over again as it is too crowded in summer.