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Cars can go onto Iona only with a permit from the local authority office in Oban. Blue Badge holders can take vehicles on the public ferry, but parking on the island is very limited.

Approach to site

The abbey is a 600m walk uphill from the ferry pier, along a single-track road.

A taxi service is available and can carry folded wheelchairs. Telephone: 07810 325 990. Wheelchairs are also available at the abbey for visitor use.


The abbey complex sits within an area of well kept grass. From the entrance, a dust path brings visitors and vehicles to the buildings.

The entrance to the church has steps, but these can be avoided by accessing the nave through the cloisters. The nave meets two sets of steps to the crossing. The choir has a step at either end, and two shallow steps lead to the communion table.

Entry to the cloisters is via a ramp. The four sides are level and the north-west corner houses the shop. The shop is entered via a tight, steep-angled ramp and its floor slopes gently.

St Columba’s Shrine is to the left of the main door of the church. It is very small and has a narrow doorway.

The museum and the Michael Chapel are on the seaward side of the complex. The dust path leads the way and each building has shallow steps at its entrance. The museum has a collection of carved stones.


A narrow gate leads from the abbey complex to a narrow dust path, which winds around the graveyard to the Oran Chapel, outside the grounds. The door to the chapel is wide, with a step just inside.


There are no toilets on site.

The nearest adapted toilets are at the Iona Community shop, opposite the abbey. The shop is open daily, from 10am to 5pm.


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Iona Abbey, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

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