Cradle of Scottish Christianity surrounded by white sandy beaches and turquoise seas
See the burial places of early Scottish kings, including Macbeth.
Listen out for the distinctive rasping call of the secretive, and rare, corncrake.
Experience the calming, spiritual atmosphere which envelops Iona.
Enjoy a free game of golf on the island’s golf course.
In AD563 Iona became the gateway to Christianity in Scotland, when St Columba and his followers arrived on its shores. Today there is still a special spiritual quietness to the island, and it’s easy to see why it has been a sanctuary for pilgrims for hundreds of years.
After visiting the Benedictine abbey, cross to the Bay at the Back of the Ocean and discover the island’s beautiful white sandy beaches and clear turquoise seas. Don’t miss a trip to the top of Dùn Ì, where you can search for the mysterious Well of Eternal Youth.
Iona can be visited all year round and is accessed by a passenger ferry from Fionnphort on Mull (cars are not permitted). Caledonian MacBrayne, in conjunction with local operators, run day tours to Iona from Oban in the summer. The ferry to Mull from the mainland runs from Oban to Craignure (transfers are available from Craignure to Fionnphort).
Iona has a thriving, hospitable community and a good choice of visitor accommodation. Most of the island is under our care, but the tearooms, shops, Heritage Centre, Iona Abbey and other sacred buildings and historical sites are non-NTS.
Dogs should be kept on a lead due to livestock.
Guided walks are available throughout the summer (booking is essential). Boat tours can be booked from Fionnphort ferry point on Mull that take in both Iona and the neighbouring island of Staffa.
School visits are welcome, with ranger-led environmental activities. Please book in advance, tel: 01681 700659.
Wheelchair users may find access difficult as there is a ramp onto the ferry. Access to Iona Abbey (not NTS) is along a tarmac road (600m).
A toilet and parking are available at Fionnphort.
Iona is a Hebridean island south-west of Mull. The only way to get there is by ferry.