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Access

What will be open during your visit

Due to phased reopening some areas of the abbey will remain closed.

  • The Abbey Church
  • The cloisters
  • Michael Chapel
  • The museum
  • Gift Shop
  • Tour the castle with our audio guide, using one of our devices - included in admission price

What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit

  • The Shrine

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.

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

There is 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 you exit 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. You then continue round the north of the abbey buildings and enter the cloisters which are level.

Access to the shop is via a narrow, ramped doorway. You can then return 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 allowed in the grounds of Iona Abbey.

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

Access Guide

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

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Opening times

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

Please make an online booking to guarantee entry.

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