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Iona Abbey (HS)

Isle of Iona

Iona Abbey is an ancient holy place. Founded by St Columba in 563, the early monastery was a powerhouse of Christian learning. Great works of art were created here, including Iona's iconic high crosses and the world-famous Book of Kells. Despite devastating Viking raids, the abbey continued to thrive, transformed into a Benedictine monastery in about 1200. Pilgrims have travelled here for centuries and the abbey remains a vibrant centre of Christianity. Its buildings were restored in the 1900s and in 1938, the Iona Community was founded to revive its traditions of work, worship and teaching.

Highlights of a visit include the abbey church, high crosses, Columba's shrine and site oif the saint's writing cell.

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Opening Times

April to September, 9.30am - 5.30pm. October to March, 10.00am - 4.00pm. Closed sundays during winter months.



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Iona Abbey (HS)

Isle of Iona
PA76 6SQ
Phone: 01681 700 512
Website: http://www.historicenvironment.s...
Iona Abbey © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland.


On the island of Iona, public ferry (for pedestrian visitors only) from Fionnphort, Mull.

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