If you’re on Iona, we look forward to welcoming you to our services at the Abbey.  Places are limited because of Covid restrictions.  To be sure of a place, please book online in advance.  If, after booking, you find you’re unable to join us, please cancel your booking through Eventbrite so that someone else can take your place.

Seating in Church and Cloisters

There is a cap on numbers at present, so when the Abbey Church reaches its capacity under the current Covid rules, those who arrive after the capacity is reached will be invited to participate in worship in the cloisters, where a speaker system relays the sound. Chairs, service sheets and hymnbooks are provided in the cloisters and the elements of Holy Communion are brought to everyone.

Access to Iona Abbey

For now, it’s not possible to enter the Abbey grounds unless you are joining us for worship or are booked into a guided tour with Historic Environment Scotland (HES).  HES has resumed their guided tours and, to keep people as safe as possible, it is necessary to book online in advance.  There are four tours each day.  Please go to the HES website to book a place. 

Join us for worship in the Abbey Church

If you are a guest at the Abbey, you will be given the information you need to enter the Abbey and to join us for worship.

If you are staying elsewhere or visiting the island during the day and would like to join us for worship, please use the links in the list above to choose a date and to book a place.

Entrance is through the main gate on the road. Please wait at the gate until we come to unlock it and lead you down to the West Door of the Abbey Church.

On Sunday mornings, the gate will be opened 30 minutes before the start of the service.  For other services, the gate will be opened 15 minutes ahead of the service starting.  Please arrive in good time to allow for your details to be checked and to be shown to your seat.  Step-free access is available and will be offered by the person meeting you.

Braille service books are available for most of our services and there is a loop system to assist hearing.

If we don’t see you at the Abbey by the time the service is due to start, we may give your seat to someone on the waiting list.

You will need to:

  • wear a face covering inside the Abbey
  • sanitise your hands before entering the Abbey
  • sit in the designated seats
  • maintain a one metre distance from other households in the Abbey
  • use the one-way system to walk around the Abbey at the end of the service
  • leave within 15 minutes of the service ending

You will be able to walk around the one-way system inside the Abbey at the end of the service and stop to pray or light a candle in the Quiet Corner before making your way out through the main entrance door.

Service sheets are provided.  There is a retiring collection, including a contactless card payment system pre-set to £10, for the work of the Iona Community. To contribute £10 or multiples of £10, tap your card twice or more.

We look forward to seeing you.

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