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Welcome toIona

An Abbey of global significance, a sea cave of basalt columns and panoramic views of the Inner Hebrides.

1 of 4 Cow on the beach, Isle of Iona

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Birthplace of Celtic Christianity, resting place of Macbeth

Get the ferry to Iona for the geological masterpiece of Staffa and Fingal's Cave - formed of hexagonal basalt columns 59 million years ago. Or go to see where Saint Columba settled in 563AD to build Iona Abbey and spread Christianity to the Celts. Next to the Abbey you'll find a small graveyard where 48 medieval kings are buried, including Macbeth. If you need a clearer view of the place, walk up Dùn Ì - the highest point on the island - for panoramic views of Mull, Tiree and Coll.

For more information on Iona visit Explore Argyll's  website. 



How to get here

You'll need to get to Mull first - the route from Oban to Craignure on Mull takes 46 minutes. Vehicle reservations are recommended, you can book online on our home page and select buy tickets. 

From Craignure, either drive or get the bus south west to Fionnphort and take the 10-minute passenger ferry to Iona. No advance booking is necessary for the ferry to Iona. Simply turn up at the port, buy a ticket and go on the next available sailing. 

Most vehicles are not allowed on Iona - if you need to take your car, you will need to apply for a Permit . Don't worry, though - Iona is less than a mile across, so getting around is easy. If you're staying overnight, there is a Taxi Service that can take you from Craignure, onto the ferry and straight to your accommodation on Iona.

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Fionnphort Port: PA66 6BL


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