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Iona Abbey

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Address: Iona Abbey, Iona, Isle of Mull. Tel: 01681 700512
Operated by: Historic Environment Scotland
Opening Hours: 1 Apr - 30 Sep: Mon - Sun: 9.30 to 5.30
1 Oct - 31 Mar: Mon - Sat: 10.00 to 4.00 (Unmanned on Sundays, but some parts of abbey left open for visitors)
Last tickets sold 30 mins before closing time
Closed 25th, 26th Dec and 1st, 2nd Jan.
Admission: Adult £7.50, Child £4.50, Concessions £6.00
Parking: N/A, no cars allowed on island.
Languages: Information sheets in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.
Accessibility: Yes, but the abbey is a 1/4 mile from the ferry. Taxis can be ordered Tel: 07810 325990.
Toilets: Nearby, but not on site
Shop: Yes
Cafe/Restaurant: Nearby, but not on site


Iona Abbey is symbolic as the home of Christianity in Scotland and it is widely regarded as the country's most sacred  site. A religious settlement has existed here since the arrival of the Irish missionary St. Columba in A.D.563.

The historical significance of Iona is testified to by the number of Scottish, Irish, Norwegian and even French Kings that are buried in the Abbey's graveyard.

It is a few years since we last visited Iona Abbey, but the lingering memory is one of peacefulness and tranquility, especially in the cloistered courtyard. That said, this is a very popular attraction and the Abbey can get busy with visitors.

If you do get to Iona, you should also take the opportunity to explore the island's beautiful coastline. There are some lovely white sandy beaches that can look stunning in contrast with the turquoise sea.

It sounds cliched, but Iona has a magical and timeless atmosphere that can, for some, be a "life changing" experience.

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Iona Abbey viewed from the sea

Iona Abbey

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