Please note that due to travel restrictions it is not possible to visit Iona at present.




At this time of acute global public health crisis, and taking into account guidance and direction from governmental and public health authorities, the leadership team and Council of the Iona Community have made the following decisions. As an organisation running residential centres, a book and craft shop and a publishing department, these decisions will have huge practical, pastoral and financial implications for many individuals, for members of staff and for the Community as a whole. However, the health and wellbeing of everyone towards whom we have a responsibility must be paramount.


It is not currently possible to visit Iona

The Abbey will remain closed to residential guests till at least mid August.. We will be constantly reassessing the situation in the light of public health and governmental guidelines. The Abbey Bookings Office will be contacting everyone who has already booked to come to Iona during that period.

The Community Shop is currently closed to the general public.

Historic Environment Scotland are closing all their historic sites to public access. This includes Iona Abbey. The small resident group whose home the Abbey is will continue to pray the Daily Office, and offer prayers for healing. The Iona Prayer Circle will continue to offer prayer through its dispersed online network of intercessors.

Phone and internet problems on Iona.  We currently have limited telephones and internet access in our Welcome Centre Offices. We have also furloughed a number of staff so please be aware that it may take longer than ususal to respond to emails or phone calls.

Abbey Re-opening Event.  This has also been postponed, to an as-yet unknown date.

We look forward to welcoming you in the future

Iona Abbey - from the ferry

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