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. 

Iona Abbey Church – Summer Service Times

Sunday10:30amHoly Communion (open to all)
 9:00pmService of Quiet
Monday9:00amMorning Service
 9:00pmEvening Liturgy
Tuesday9:00amMorning Service
 9:00pmService of Prayer for Healing**
Wednesday9:00amMorning Service
 9:00pmEvening Liturgy
Thursday9:00amMorning Service
 9:00pmInformal Communion or Agape (open to all)
Friday9:00amMorning Service
 9:00pmEvening Liturgy
Saturday9:00amMorning Service
 9:00pmEvening Liturgy


We have an induction loop system and large print copies of the service and hymn books are also available.

**If you would like particular names included in the service of prayers for healing, please leave them in the designated box in the South Aisle Chapel of the Abbey, or in St Oran’s Chapel by 10:30am on Tuesday please. Thank you.