COVID-19 Island Information

Last Updated: 3rd August

During this summer some businesses and facilities on Iona may be operating differently from usual, or may not be open at all. We will try to update this page with general information as things change. Please contact individual businesses directly to check details on any changes to opening, services available and COVID-19 protocols.  

Transport and travel

This page has general information about how to get to Iona. Please check all timetables and travel connections carefully as they may be quite diferent from other years. In particular please note that it is currently recommended to book the Oban-Craignure ferry even as a foot passenger. If you are travelling by car you might want to consider taking the Lochaline-Fishnish ferry as an alternative to travelling via Oban. 

The same conditions apply to bringing a vehicle onto Iona as in other years. Iona Taxi is planning to be operating this summer and will post further details on their website. 

Accommodation

Please contact individual businesses for details.   

Camping on Iona

Iona Campsite is open and offers a natural, basic campsite experience with beautiful views and toilet & shower facilities.

As per the Scottish Outdoor Access Code wild camping is permitted in some areas on Iona, but you must not camp in enclosed fields of crops or farm animals and you must keep well away from buildings, roads and historic structures. Please note that what looks like an unused field of long grass may well be a crop for silage or hay.  

Anyone wild camping should follow the Leave no Trace principle and properly dispose of all rubbish and waste. 

We would also ask anyone who is planning to wild camp to carefully consider whether they will be able to meet all general guidance (i.e. physical distancing, hand hygiene, etc.). 

For further information on suitable areas for wild camping and what Leave no Trace entails please contact our local Ranger, Emily Wilkins (ewilkins@nts.org.uk).

Food & Drink

The Spar grocery shop is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm and 12noon to 5pm on Sundays.

Both the Argyll Hotel and the St Columba Hotel are open to non residents. Booking is recommended.  

The Iona Heritage Centre Garden Café and Martyrs Bay Bar & Restaurant are both closed for this season.  

Activities

Of course the island itself is often the main attraction and all beaches and walks are open! Please carry hand sanitiser with you for use after touching any gates or stiles.  

Boat Trips are running but numbers will be limited and schedules may be different from previous years. Booking recommended. 

If you would be interested in a guided walk while you're on Iona you can find contact details here: Guided Tours

Iona Abbey is currently closed and details for re-opening are still to be confirmed. Iona Heritage Centre won't be open this summer.  

Retail

The Spar grocery shop is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm and 12noon to 5pm on Sundays.

Iona Craft Shop is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm.

Aosdana is open Monday to Friday 11am to 3pm.

Oran Creative Crafts is open Tuesday to Fridays 11am to 3pm (closed Thursday 6th August). 

The Iona Community's Shop in their Welcome Centre is open Tuesday to Saturdays 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 

Don't forget many of our shops are open online even if they're not physically open on the island just yet - you can find website details here and here.    

Churches and Chapels

Iona Parish Church and Iona Abbey Church are both currently closed. They may be open later in the year so please check again for details. 

St Columba's Chapel at Bishop's house and the Oratory at Cnoc a' Chalmain are both closed to the public for the remainder of this year. 

Public Toilets

The public toilets at the pier are open. 

Currently the toilets at the Iona Community Welcome Centre are closed.