Isle of Iona

Welcome to the official Isle of Iona website. This site was created on behalf of the island's Community Council, and we hope that you will find it useful and informative.


Iona has been a place of welcome and hospitality for centuries. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges but as restrictions ease we are delighted to be able to offer that welcome and hospitality again. Travel in the time of Coronavirus will involve a lot of trust and responsibility on all sides. We expect visitors will want to know what new measures businesses here are implementing so that they can feel confident, relaxed and enjoy their time here. We also hope that visitors will play their part by respecting and following guidance and regulations. This will help our community to feel confident and relaxed about being a welcoming place once again.  

We ask all visitors to familiarise themselves with and strictly follow Scottish Government guidance and regulations. We particularly ask prospective visitors to keep up to date with restrictions on travel and with guidance on meeting other households and sharing accommodation. 

Visitors and residents are all expected to follow hygiene and physicial distancing rules - including keeping 2 metres distance from others, hand and cough hygiene, and mandatory use of face coverings on public transport, and in our shops.

Anyone who develops symptoms should self-isolate immediately and get a test as soon as possible. More information on how to access a test on Iona is available here

Please check this page for further details on current guidance, regulations and expected behaviour, and then this page for further details on the services and facilities which will be available to visitors. 

Iona is a tiny island off the southwest coast of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. It is only 1.5 miles wide by 3 miles long, with a population of around 170 permanent residents. Despite this, Iona has a special place in the heart of many people the world over. We hope that as you browse this website you will discover something new and that it will encourage you to visit the island, whether it’s for the first time or whether you are already hooked.

Iona has a long and illustrious history and is well known as being ‘The Cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland. While that is without doubt one of the main reasons that a reported 130,000 visitors come to Iona each year, there is much more to the island than that. It is striking to remark that despite the numbers of visitors to the island, the pervading feeling that people leave with is one of peace and restoration.