One of the most important sites in Scotland for its history and cultural significance. Located on the island of Iona, just off the isle of Mull. The site was founded by St Columba around AD 563 and has throughout its existence remained a significant area. To this day the Abbey and Nunnery are the destination of religious pilgrimage and retain their spiritual atmosphere. Although the abbey’s church fell into disrepair in the past, it was restored in the 1800s. While you’re there why not explore the ruined cloisters too? These atmospheric ruins are free to walk around and are close by to the Abbey. If you’re looking to soak up some historic and spiritual energy in this area, then Iona Abbey is the perfect place to explore.

How do I get to Iona?

From Glasgow and Central Scotland, you can get the train/drive to Oban, then to the Lochaline ferry terminal. From there you must head to the Fishnish ferry terminal, then to Fionnphort Mull ferry terminal, and then across to the Isle of Iona.

The site also has a museum, where the original carved stones are housed. Guided audio tours and souvenirs are also available. Due to the location of the site, the abbey may have to close on a rare basis. This is caused by severe weather, Historic Environment Scotland will keep patrons posted in the event of this.

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