One of Scotland's most historic and sacred sites
Iona Abbey, on the beautiful island of Iona just off the Isle of Mull, is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites.
The abbey was founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563 and became the heart of the early Scottish church.
As a celebrated focus for Christian pilgrimage, Iona retains its spiritual atmosphere.
A restored 13th-century medieval abbey, founded by Benedictine monks, now stands on the site of Columba’s church. Beside it there are tall, intricately carved crosses, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries.
Visitors follow a route to the abbey taken by pilgrims of old – Sràid nam Marbh, ‘the street of the dead’ where they will find MacLean's Cross, a finely carved stone cross dating to the 1400s.
Look out for Reilig Odhráin – the little cemetery beside Sràid nam Marbh where many ancient Scottish kings were laid to rest.
The Iona Community continues its Christian work for peace and social justice, and the abbey church and cloister are in daily use.
The garden is a tranquil spot in which to linger.