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Special arrangements are currently in place at Iona Abbey, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Safety measures

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)

What will be open during your visit

Due to social distancing and the overall safety of our visitors and staff, some areas of the abbey will remain closed.

All visits will be by guided tour and will last 1hr 15mins.

  • The Abbey Church
  • The cloisters
  • Michael Chapel
  • The museum
  • Gift Shop

What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit

  • The Shrine
  • Audio Guide

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.


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. 


Visitors arrive at the vehicle gate in advance of the guided tour start time. They will be admitted and wait on the driveway, a packed gravel surface.

The tour follows a one way route into the Abbey Church which involves a couple of steps outdoors and five stairs inside.

The route through the church has further steps and the tour exits via the south door with a couple of shallow steps onto grass.

The route follows a temporary path on grass to the Michael Chapel and the museum, both have shallow steps at the entry point. The tour continues round the north of the abbey buildings and enters the cloisters which are level.

Access to the shop is via a narrow, ramped doorway. The tour returns to the main gate via the gravel driveway.

If this route would not be suitable, staff can arrange alternative access to the Abbey Church via the cloisters.


There are no toilets on site.

The nearest toilets are at the Pier.


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within 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.

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Iona Abbey.

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Opening times

The abbey is now open and we are delighted to welcome you back.

Visits must be pre-booked and are by guided tour.

1 Apr to 31 Mar:
Mon to Sat, 10am to 4pm
Sun, 1pm to 4pm


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