The abbey

The abbey

The Iona Abbey Centre comprises the buildings that were rebuilt by the founding members of the Iona Community. Built of stone and slate, these were originally the living quarters of the monks and have retained a distinctly monastic feel.  Corridors and staircases link the shared bedrooms with the washrooms, the magnificent Refectory (dining hall), the Abbey Cloisters and the medieval Abbey Church itself.  


Resident guests gather in the ancient Chapter House for formal sessions, relax in the cosy Common Room and have the opportunity to read or reflect in the impressive wood-paneled library overlooking the Sound of Iona. 

The ancient Abbey Church of St Mary is under the care of Historic Environment Scotland who are responsible for the upkeep of the fabric, the grounds and the museum. 


Below is a note of the Winter service times at the Abbey: From Saturday 28th October services will be held in the Michael Chapel at the following times:

Saturday 9.00am Morning Prayer
Monday 9.00am Morning Prayer
Tuesday 9.00am Morning Prayer 
Wednesday 9.00am Morning Prayer
Thursday 9.00am Morning Prayer
Friday 9.00am Morning Prayer

Everyone is welcome at these services. 

Services will move from The Michael Chapel back to the Abbey Church on Saturday March 24th

Times of Holy Week and summer services will be posted here in due course.