Isle of Iona

Scotland's Island Coast

Dreamy Iona sits less than a mile off the south western-most tip of Mull. This tiny island, a cradle of Christianity in Great Britain, is a place of pilgrimage for many. Visit the ruins of the medieval abbey, established by St Columba when he arrived here from Ireland in his coracle in 563.

The medieval nunnery is utterly absorbing. You can easily explore the rest of the island on foot, including the stunning sandy bays at its northern tip. As you explore you'll discover Iona's wonderful flora and fauna. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the views. 

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The Isle of Iona is of special significance for all Christians

Known as the “cradle of Christianity”, Iona has an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity enhanced by shell-sand beaches fringed by intense blue-green seas. But Iona has many other exceptional qualities including an unspoiled natural environment where rare wildlife thrives.

Getting here

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Planning your journey

To get to Iona, first you need to get to Mull. The most direct route for Iona is via the Oban to Craignure Ferry.

Travel by car, bus or train to Oban and then ferry from the CalMac ferry terminal.

It is then a 1 hour drive from Craignure to Fionnphort.

There is also a bus service which connects with the ferry at Craignure. The bus journey from Craignure to Fionnphort takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.

Fionnphort, located on the south westerly tip of Mull, is where you will find the ferry port for Iona. It’s not required to book this service, just show up and buy a ticket. The sailing takes just 10 minutes.

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