Iona Abbey and Nunnery, Isle of Iona

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.
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  • 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 »
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  • 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!!
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