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Access

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 physical distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • signage is on site to guide visitors 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 now 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

  • The Abbey Church
  • The cloisters
  • Michael Chapel
  • The museum
  • Gift Shop
  • Audio guide, included with your admission ticket

What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit

  • The Shrine
  • Toilets at the Abbey, the nearest toilets are located at the Pier

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 offer free entry for carers accompanying visitors with disabilities. To book a free carer ticket, please email ticketing@hes.scot and quote your order number.

Parking

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. 

Monument

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.

Toilets

There are no toilets on site.

The nearest toilets are at the Pier.

Dogs

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

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Iona Abbey

Access Guide

For information on accessibility at more than 80 of our sites download our Access Guide

Historic Scotland

Opening times

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

10 May – 31 March
Mon to Sat, 10am to 4pm

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