Iona Abbey is suitable for religious ceremonies only.

Iona’s enormous influence throughout history is in stark contrast to its tiny size. St Columba sailed here in AD 563, introducing Christianity to Scotland’s shores. Iona Abbey was built around 1200 on the site of Columba’s monastery, and is today one of the country’s most historic and sacred sites.

Weddings may be held by special arrangement at the abbey, still a thriving place of worship. 

Abbey Church

Capacity: 180 people (seated)

Say your vows in the famous 13th-century abbey, which stands on the site of the original church built by St Columba. This breathtakingly beautiful space has high ceilings, elegant arches and other fine medieval features, its architecture spanning the 13th to 16th centuries.

Michael Chapel

Capacity: 40 people (seated)

Share a special ceremony with close family and friends in this compact and tranquil space. The furniture and beautifully curved ceiling are made from African wood, donated by clergy from the continent for the chapel’s restoration.

St Oran’s Chapel

Capacity: 24 people (standing)

Invite your nearest and dearest to watch you exchange vows in this intimate, ornate chapel built by Somerled, ‘King of the Isles’. St Oran’s was built in the mid-12th century, making it the oldest of all intact buildings on Iona. It stands at the gateway to the abbey.

Types of ceremony

Religious ceremonies only.


Postcode: PA76 6SQ

On the Isle of Iona, reached by public ferry from Fionnphort, Mull.

More information

Download the Iona Abbey Wedding brochure [PDF, 1.8MB]

Find out more about Iona Abbey


Weddings Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Telephone: 0131 668 8973

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