Iona | Chaotic Scot

About

Iona may be small in size but it is an island that has had a huge impact across Scotland and the globe. The 'cradle of Christianity' marks the spot where St Columba arrived in 563 AD, bringing a new religion to Scotland. The Iona Community continues the saint's work to this day. You can visit the place where the Book of Kells was made and explore Scotland's finest collections of early medieval carved stones and crosses. Head beyond the historic sites for stunning beach walks, exciting boat trips and local produce.

Famous For

  • Iona is known as the 'cradle of Christianity' because of its link with St Columba, which attracts thousands of pilgrims each year to this tiny island.

  • On the edge of the village, the main attraction is a visit to the Abbey and Nunnery, with architecture spanning the 13th to 16th centuries.

  • Neighbouring Staffa, just a boat ride away, has fascinating geology. Legend has it that its extraordinary pattern of hexagonal columns were the northern end of a causeway built by a giant in Northern Ireland to fight his Scottish opponent.

Ask an Islander

  • The Hermit’s Cell is a secluded ring of stones in a sheltered glen rumoured to be where St Columba came to pray, away from the monastic community.

  • The island is just 3 miles long and 1.5 miles across and has 9 white sandy beaches with crystal clear blue waters. Check out the White Strand of the Monks and North End Beaches.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Isle of Iona - accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Iona at the links below

Visit Mull and Iona

Wild about Argyll - Iona

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


CalMac Ferries operates regular crossings throughout the day for foot passengers from Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull. Visitors' vehicles are not permitted on the island.

Find out more about getting to Mull.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.