Iona Abbey Tours

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Just off the west coast of Scotland on the Isle of Iona, the Iona Abbey has long been a symbol of Scottish history and religion. It served as a mausoleum for many early Scottish kings, with more than fifty accounted for by the 16th century. It is one of the oldest religious centers in Western Europe. The Irish monk Columba arrived to the island in 563, establishing a monastery that survived for centuries to come. In around the year 1200 the historic Abbey and Nunnery were constructed. 

Responsible for the spread of Christianity throughout Scotland, it remains a symbol of Scottish Christianity that many still pilgrimage today. There are four impressive high crosses remaining, all of which can be seen in the abbey museum. The oldest, St. Martin’s Cross, dates back to the 8th century. The isle has a spiritual atmosphere and is today maintained by the Iona Community.

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To get to the Isle of Iona, you’ll need first to catch a ferry to the Isle of Mull. The abbey is all year-round, though summer and winter hours vary. Generally it is open to the public daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Entrance is £7.10.
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Address: Isle of Iona PA76 6SQ, United Kingdom, Scotland
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Hours: Daily 10am-4pm
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Admission: £7.10
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5-Day Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Adventure through wild countryside, ancient villages, and unspoiled islands in a group of maximum 16 people on this 5-day Scottish adventure. See the Isle of Mull, the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, and so much more, with an optional excursion to Staffa. Your tour includes four nights’ B&B accommodation in Oban and Portree, Skye, in your choice of guesthouse or hotel, as well as discounts on entrance fees.
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3-day Iona and Mull Islands tour from Edinburgh

Iona and Mull are two of the most scenic islands of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides and this multi-day tour from Edinburgh visits both. Cruise out to Mull from Oban; discover the islands’ Celtic history at Iona Abbey; and enjoy photo opportunities at Glen Coe and Loch Lomond.
  • Duration: 3 days
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4 Day Magical Mull, Iona and the West Highlands Isles

Swap the lively streets of the capital for the deserted wilderness of the Hebrides Islands on this action-packed 4-day tour of west Scotland from Edinburgh, including accommodation. Explore historic landmarks like Stirling Castle and Inveraray Castle; discover the Neolithic ruins of Kilmartin Glen and admire the startling beauty of Loch Lomond. Finally, cruise out to the three isles of Mull, Iona and Staffa (optional), where you can tour a whisky distillery, visit Celtic heritage sites or spot whales and dolphins around the coast.
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