Isle of Iona

© Ute Amann-Seidel


Iona Art Experience

Fabric of an Island ~ Drawing, painting & walking on the Isle of Iona

Iona is a special place. It has been described as a thin place. A place where some people feel an otherness. Being on an island allows you to think and realise ideas away from other distractions. Scottish artist Janet Melrose often spends time on Iona and invites you to join her for a week of creating on this art retreat in the place that has inspired artists and travelers from all over the world for centuries.

We will walk and draw as a way of orientating and becoming familiar with the island. Iona being such a small island, we will walk around it clockwise and anti-clockwise and you’ll be amazed how different that looks and feels. Sketchbooks are a good way of recording information and collecting ideas which can inform other work. As part of the week we get to make our own concertina sketchbooks and drawing implements.

We will use a variety of drawing and painting media, and techniques that enable us to work more intuitively and access areas of the brain involved with creativity. Using our own individual approach, ideas will be realised in different ways and Janet will teach techniques according to what feels most inspiring to each guest.

Weather allowing, we will spend a lot of our creative time outdoors, but there will also be an indoor space we will use as a studio for developing our work further. Art materials will be provided and are included in the price.

Again weather allowing, we will take a boat trip aboard a traditional wooden ex-working sailing fishing boat on one of the days to explore other nearby islands. The boat’s owner Mark calls the Birthe Marie “an unashamedly old fashioned boat with a gaff ketch rig and a solidity that is reassuring”. He says “the whole concept of our trips is of an unhurried drinking in of the landscape. The boat fits into the coastal scene, disturbing little, quietly finding her way into places hidden from life ashore.” An adventure not to be missed on our art experience.

You will also have plenty of time to explore the landscape and learn about the local community and their vibrant creative lives on visits to local studios.

From £2890 per adult

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

May — May

Contact details

Wild at Art Ltd

Argyle & Bute
PA23 7SB

Tour information


  • Craignure & South Mull
  • Edinburgh
  • Fionnphort & the Ross of Mull
  • Glasgow
  • Oban


8 Days


  • Minibus
  • Walking


  • Small Group (1-16)


  • English


  • Adventure
  • Art
  • History
  • Landscapes

Tour prices

From £2890 Per Adult

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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Tour Stops

Wild at Art Ltd

Tour company information

Wild at Art Ltd

Are you an artist looking to develop your skills, with the stunning Scottish scenery, colours and light as inspiration? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to draw, paint, take fine art photographs, make your own silver jewellery – why not do it while on holidays in Scotland? Experience Scotland differently with Wild at Art, with guidance from some of the best Scottish artists: Art vacations / Kreativurlaub / painting / drawing / stonecarving / jewellery / silversmithing / singing / printmaking / creative writing / knitting / pottery / photography / weaving

Opening times

All year round

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