Iona Abbey And Nunnery

Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

Isle Of Iona, Argyll, PA76 6SQ

    The serene Isle of Iona is home to the oldest and most sacred religious places in all of western Europe.

    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.

    Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check the Historic Scotland closures page for any unexpected site closures You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.

    5 Historic Attraction
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Summer 1 April - 30 Sept Daily 9.30am - 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)
    Winter 1 Oct - 24 March (closed on Sunday) 10am - 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

    Ticket Information
    Adult £7.10 per ticket
    Child £4.30 per ticket
    Concessions £5.70 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Self Service
    • Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available


    • ASVA Member
    • Level Access


    • Island Location

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Children Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Wedding Services

    • Religious Ceremony
    • Wedding Packages Available


    • Children Welcome

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Electron
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • On Public Transport Route

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by ferry:- From Oban. Take Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Craignure on Mull (45 mins). Walk 1 min to Craignure ferry terminal. Take Bowmans Coaches no 496 (Fionnphort) to Fionnphort ferry terminal bus stop (1hr 10 mins). Walk 1 min to Fionnphort pier. Take Cal-Mac ferry to Iona (5 mins).
    From Ferry Pier walk in direction indicated through Nunnery grounds and continue to Abbey Entrance. About 10 minutes walk.

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