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Iona Abbey is one of Scotland's most historic and sacred sites. Located on the Isle of Iona, just off the Isle of Mull, it was founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563. As a celebrated focus for Christian pilgrimage, Iona retains its...more
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Iona Abbey Iona ABBEY ISLE, PA76 6SQ, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

What a lovely, peaceful place. The entry fee is reasonable and the audio guide exceptional. It's easy to spend few hours steeped in the incredible history of St Columba and Iona.

Thank John S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ruined nunnery is interesting to walk around. The buildings are well maintained and are very beautiful. Pay for a tour.

Thank taylorashby
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful island and beach. The Nunnery and original Monastery were both constructed in the early 13th century. The Nunnery is in ruins but enough is left to let us imagine what life there would have been like. The Abbey has been restored and is in...More

Thank Mimi A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Heard lots about the abbey over the years and am glad I visited. It was beautiful and well worth a visit

Thank mermaidliz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I had a wonderful visit to Iona Abbey and Nunnery. We were staying in Craignure where we drove to Fionnphort to catch the ferry to Iona. The drive is gorgeous but on a one lane road with passing points. It’s a wonderful...More

Thank BikingTejana
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unless you are a committed Christian with an interest in the Iona Community [not the locals, the religious group] this is a very ordinary abbey and not much to see. The crosses and gravestones in the museum sparked my interest but after all the hours...More

Thank Pippa65
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have always wanted to visit Iona and the Abbey. Well worth it and the sun was shining. We went with West coast tours which involved visiting the three Isles. Mull, Staffa and Iona. Great day and one to tick off the bucket list.

Thank Pat1ricia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Abbey laid in ruins until the 1920s. It’s been rebuilt as have the surrounding ancillary buildings. It was rebuilt in the style of the Benedictine Monastery that fell into disuse at the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. There is still a lot...More

Thank Mike_Jeremy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Alice made the visit to the Abbey so much more enjoyable! Her enthusiasm was palpable! Her knowledge of the history was impressive!

1  Thank Janet R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ruins here are beautiful and very peaceful. One can imagine life living here.The buildings although very old still show structure and form. The setting is beautiful.

Thank John F
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Linda C
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No I wasn’t there on a Sunday.
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Response from buckfast39 | Reviewed this property |
The cruise line will almost certainly be running a tour there. It will take all day. 2.5 hours each way but more than worth it.
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It all depends honestly on the weather. March can sometimes be nice and sometimes it can be terrible.There is no way to tell. Take any long range forecast with a pinch of salt and keep on checking every week. As for... More