Our residential centres
The Iona Community run 3 island residential Centres on the isle of Iona and on nearby Mull. Our centres are places of welcome and hospitality where individuals and groups take part in weeks on a variety of themes with an exciting range of leaders. The descriptions below will give you a feel for our different centres but please note that in 2018, due to an extensive refurbishment and upgrade project, the Abbey and MacLeod Centres will be closed to residential guests. However our Camas Centre on Mull – which celebrates its 70th birthday this year – is offering a full residential programme. We will also continue to offer daily services in the Abbey Church as well as assorted non-residential programme events and some residential weeks hosted by the St Columba Hotel.
The Abbey – Isle of Iona
A Resident Group of staff and volunteers share a year-round common life, and maintain daily services in the Abbey. They welcome guests to share all aspects of their life, including meals and work tasks, and to explore issues of common concern. Trade justice, the environment, peacemaking, interfaith dialogue; these are just some of the subjects that people get passionate about in our programmes.
The MacLeod Centre – Isle of Iona
The MacLeod Centre, opened in 1988 with good disabled access, has a particular emphasis on enabling young people and families to get the most out of a stay on Iona. Walks and expeditions, arts & crafts, discovering the natural environment of Iona, social events and ceilidhs, a children’s programme during the Easter and summer holidays, conversation and recreation, all take place in a safe and friendly community environment. Specially planned programmes are available for school groups.
The Camas Centre – Island of Mull
Camas Tuath on the Ross of Mull offers a rewarding outdoor experience for young people. Situated on a remote bay three miles from Iona, with its own organic garden and native species woodland, adventure, environmental and creative activities make Camas a great resource for young people, schools andpeople with special needs. With its simple, down-to- earth lifestyle, smallness of scale and spiritual values, Camas is a place which is supportive yet challenging, offeringthe possibility for self-discovery and social responsibility.
How To Get To Iona
It is possible to travel to Iona by public transport – see the following page for links to train, ferry and bus information
Islands Access Fund
The Iona community has an Access Fund to help us ensure that no one is excluded from staying in our Centres on grounds of income, especially those unable to access holidays elsewhere. In 2018, this fund will only be available for residential bookings at Camas.
Please note the Islands Access Fund is for UK residents only.