Wild and Free – Youth Festival 2023!

YouthFest '22 Ceilidh in the Village Hall

Wild and Free! 

YouthFest 2023: 22nd – 28th July

Young people have been urgently searching for solutions to the climate catastrophe unfolding before us. At Youthfest, 14-18 year olds will gather to take a deep, honest look at this issue.
Together, we’ll consider Creation, connect with the Creator, share stories of hope and activism, and enjoy the wild wonder of Iona.

Youthfest is a time for solidarity. It’s a great space to form new friendships with young people from across the world on this stunning, rugged island with its breath-taking land and seascape.

Watch out for a wild week of encouragement, challenge and inspiration!  
Our superb programme includes beach days and scavenger hunts, a boat trip, ceilidh, night time stories and in-depth discussions about what really matters. During YouthFest, we’ll all live in community and participate in daily worship at the ancient Iona Abbey.    


‘Watching the sunset on the giant rocks, I felt an immense gratitude to God for granting me this moment in my life.’ Gegeelen Barkhasbadi, YouthFest ’22 participant

Bring a group

We are happy to welcome Youth groups of up to 15 guests to the Iona Community Youth Festival 2023.


Our rates for YouthFest ’23 are 14-17 years old £270, 18+  £672.
Note that reductions are available – finance should never be the final deciding factor in joining this event.

Want to find out more?

If you need a bit more information about our Wild and Free YouthFest, or if you’re ready to book, contact ionaabbeybookings@iona.org.uk

Find out what else is happening on Iona in our
2023 Programme

Image: YouthFest ’22 Ceilidh. Credit: Clarence Presbyterian Church

Skip to content