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Iona Abbey and Nunnery
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4 Day Magical Mull, Iona and the West Highlands Isles
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Iona
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 spiritual atmosphere and remains an enduring symbol of worship. The abbey church was restored at the beginning of the 20th century, whilst work on restoring the living accommodation began in 1938, following the foundation of the Iona Community. Today, the Iona Community continues the tradition of worship first established by St Columba 1,450 years ago. To mark the 1,450th anniversary of Columba’s arrival, Iona’s magnificent carved stones have been redisplayed in the Abbey Museum. New interpretation panels, audio guide and souvenir guidebook are also available.
Reviewed 26 June 2014

It is amazing to see these old Buildings totally restored and to follow the morning and evening services by the Mc Leoud Community. Goes directly to the Heart.

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

We took a 1 day tour to Iona & Staffa. The Abbey was on Iona so when the ferry arrives, they let you off and you take a short walk through town, passing the Iona Nunnery Ruin along the way. That is worth a look of interest as well. You will also pass a Heritage Center, which is a spot to have a chat and some tea if there is time. You continue on down the road and you see the Abbey next to a Visitor/Tourist Center where they sell books & gifts. You can choose what to stop and see and what to pass. Off to the entrance and your journey begins. This is a gorgeous display of medieval architecture. Not only was the scenery stunning, the structures unbelievably built for the tools & skills of the time, but the history behind this magnificent place was much more mesmerizing and older than I had envisioned. The museum in the back of the property was worth some time to read and understand the beginnings and who were the characters involved in the history. Also, take the audio guide as it is very helpful. Great experience if you are an interested historian or even someone who just wants to discover something new!

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Iona abbey is a very peaceful place to sit and pray or contemplate. Beautiful island, especially the Bay at the back of the Ocean and St Columba's Bay. The weather was very kind to us.

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Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

From the minute you see Iona you feel like you are transported elsewhere with it's white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue/ green water. The Abbey can be seen from the water and it's very peaceful.
I'm not sure if you are allowed to take a car to Iona but everyone was parking at Fionnphort on Mull and just going as foot passengers on the ferry.
This is somewhere that i would definetely visit again.

The Abbey is expensive to get into as are a lot of Scottish Heritage sights, if you get the guided tour etc it makes it a bit more value for money as they can explain a lot more than the boards can.

Also visited the Nunnery and was impressed more by this than the Abbey. We would have needed more time on the island to take stuff in but we had time restraints with having to get back for the ferry.

Thank Bethy1983
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Along with several bus loads of other visitors we made the pilgrimage to Iona Abbey via the ferry. We had good weather which made it worthwhile but you will need serious devotion in poor weather. The entry cost even for concessions is eye watering so beware and I'm not sure what you get for that. The Abbey is well looked after and obviously a "working" church so ask if it's in use before you pay your entry fee.
The whole experience was a bit bland. If I were more religious then I might go back again.

Thank RS500Black
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