Steep yourself in the history of the Scotland at Iona Abbey and Nunnery, the first Christian monastery in Scotland. Founded by St. Columbo in 563 AD, the site is one of the oldest Christian sites in Western Europe. Monks at the monastery reputedly wrote the Book of Kells. Make a pilgrimage to the site from the mainland, take a look at the crosses dating from the 9th and 10th centuries, and wander through the remains of the medieval cloisters. For Iona Abbey and Nunnery and beyond, use our Isle of Iona trip itinerary site to get the most from your Isle of Iona vacation.
Tours To Iona Abbey and Nunnery
5-Day Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $835
Duration: 5 days
3-Day Isle of Mull and Iona Small-Group Tour from Glasgow BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $347
Duration: 3 days
Iona Abbey and Nunnery Reviews
It was a stunning day in August last year whilst on a bus tour, that I got to fulfil a lifelong ambition to visit Iona. THe island is small, but with lovely gardens and ruins that were well worth the.... more »
There are now headphones provided and info dotted around the Abbey which will be a bonus for those who want to glean a few historical pieces of info. You can wander around unencumbered by technology..... more »
Peaceful, inspiring, historic building in an unique setting. One visit will never be enough. This was my fifth visit, but I hope to return again for a longer stay on the wonderful island of Iona.
Friendly and very helpful staff. A very peaceful place to visit. Has a real sense of history. Also don't miss making a visit to the grave if Jonh Smith the greatest Prime Minister we never had!!
Places to stay near Iona Abbey and Nunnery
Plan your trip to Isle of Iona
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Hidden gems in Isle of Iona
Nearby attractions in Isle of Iona
Kid-friendly things to do in Isle of Iona
Duration:1 h 30 min
Side trips from Isle of Iona
Historic Sites in Isle of Iona
Plans to Iona Abbey and Nunnery by other users
17 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Isle of Iona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM CANADA July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Isle of Iona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in The Hebrides BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Argyll & The Isles BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium