Update

We will be opening many of our places over the coming months. Some places will remain closed.

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Hebrides

Iona

Cradle of Scottish Christianity, surrounded by white sandy beaches and turquoise seas

Planning your visit

If you’re thinking of visiting one of our island properties … please don’t. 

In the middle of this Public Health emergency, the idea of travelling to one of the Trust’s island properties may be very appealing. However, we respectfully ask you to think again.

As with any other part of the country, you should not travel at all if you have symptoms of Coronavirus infection or live in a household where someone else is showing symptoms. The Scottish Government has also asked that you avoid travelling to remote places altogether in the current emergency. Island communities are small and often include elderly people, so Coronavirus would be particularly devastating for them – please consider their wellbeing.

Island communities are also isolated from healthcare providers, so someone falling ill and passing the virus to local residents will put even more strain on the system with possibly fatal consequences.

As you may have seen in the media, transport to many islands has been restricted so it may therefore be hard to reach our islands and just as hard to leave, especially if an emergency situation develops.

We want everyone to take care and stay well. Once the crisis is over, you’ll be welcomed with open arms to enjoy some of the most amazing coastal and island settings in the world. Until then, there are plenty of images and other content on our website about places like Fair Isle, Canna, Iona and St Kilda so that you don’t have to miss out on their spectacular scenery.


Browse the village craft shops for souvenirs and treat yourself to local food in one of the cafés or restaurants. The Trust cares for much of the island’s landscape but the tearooms, shops, Heritage Centre, Iona Abbey and other sacred buildings are not managed by us.

Dogs should be kept on a lead and a safe distance away from livestock. If cows react aggressively, it’s better to let go of your dog so that you can both seek safety.

Iona paths have been filmed on Google Streetview Treks, where you can view the terrain in advance of your visit.

Parking is available at Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull.

For more information about planning your visit, please see the drop-down facilities below or our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us, we can be contacted by email on iona@nts.org.uk or telephone 01681 700659 or 07717 581405.

Facilities & access

Wheelchair users may find access difficult as there is a ramp onto the ferry. Access to Iona Abbey (not National Trust for Scotland) is along a tarmac road (600m).

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

Accessible toilet
Buggy access
Guided tour

When you arrive, look out for the National Trust for Scotland Shelter (the red-roofed building close to the pier) where you can access maps and visitor information. 

On the island, discover our beautiful beaches and fascinating historical sites, and enjoy the tranquillity and special quality of light here.

Iona has a thriving, hospitable community and a good choice of visitor accommodation. Stay a bit longer and experience the atmosphere as the last ferry of the day leaves, then watch the sunset over the sea from one of the hills; on a clear night the glittering starry sky will take your breath away.

A toilet is available at Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull.

Walks

Opening times

Island

Entry prices

Iona
Adult
Free
Family
Free
One adult family
Free
Concession
Free

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