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Address: Iona Abbey Isle of Iona, PA76 6SQ, Scotland
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+44 1681 700512
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09:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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One of Scotland's most historic and sacred sites, Iona Abbey was founded by...

One of Scotland's most historic and sacred sites, Iona Abbey was founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563. A celebrated focus for Christian pilgrimage, Iona retains its spritual atmosphere and remains a vital place of worship.

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Iona Abbey

I was there a week ago and it is a very special place to visit as well as the island itself. I like the fact that the Abbey is described as ecumenical although I find that anybody... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was there a week ago and it is a very special place to visit as well as the island itself. I like the fact that the Abbey is described as ecumenical although I find that anybody from any religion will enjoy the history behind it. It is a pilgrimage place after all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If history is your thing.... well this is it! This is where the Book of Kells was written, and where Christianity originated in Scotland!!! So much to see and learn!!! Worth the trip!

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McDonough, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trip over to Iona, and the easy walk from the ferry dock to the abbey was enjoyable and beautiful. We got hit with a blowing rain, though, so the walk wasn't as casual as we would've liked. The staff at the welcome center at the abbey were VERY nice and helpful. The grounds are very well kept, and the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Have been stopping here for a visit whenever in the area for 20 years. It's changed a lot since then, and also not at all. Tourism has certainly had its impact, however the Abbey is still serene and a delight to visit. Take the ferry from Fionnphort and walk the 10mins along the road to the Abbey - you'll pass... More 

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Alford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

A day trip to visit he community. Abbey, and near by attractions including a walk along the beach. We have visited a few times and this was our first time during the summer. We love the atmosphere within the Abbey. Ferry's are regular and priced fairly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

You cannot imagine the sense of peace and serenity at the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. I will cherish this time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

This is a wonderful Abbey. We were lucky to be able to attend an Evening Song one night and enjoyed taking the tour and walking the grounds and the museum. There are two MacKinnon abbots buried there, our clansmen???

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Be you of any faith or none, you must admire the tenacity of St Columba and his heirs and successors, persisting and succeeding in the face of all manner of difficulty, not to mention being hacked about by the Vikings. An ecumenical faith community still dwells here to this day and uses parts of the Abbey. Extensive restorations have been... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I had heard all about the abbey from my wife who had visited it as a child and quite frankly I didn't believe her! How wrong could I have been! We were lucky enough to have perfect weather for our visit,the whole experience was awe inspiring.I couldn't believe how well preserved everything is. I am not a religious person but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Tends to get over-ran; visit when quiet if able. Attending a 9pm service is well worthwhile for the atmosphere.

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