The small island of Iona is situated at the western tip of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. It is the burial place of kings and the place from where Christianity originated among the pagan Picts, as well as being a symbol of Scottish independence. The island was also St Columba’s choice for his spiritual base in 563, where he founded a monastery and ‘Celtic Christianity’. Iona is also known for its beauty and tranquility.
Things to See and Do
* Iona Heritage Centre
* Iona Nunnery
* Iona Abbey
* Iona Abbey Information Point
* Saint Columba Welcome and Exhibition Centre
Cruise Season – March – Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (£)
Language – English
Land Area – approx 10 sq km’s
Population – 125
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 44
Port Location – The nearest mainland port is located at Oban.
Transport Links – Caledonian MacBrayne operates a small passenger ferry between Iona and Fionnphort on the southern tip of the Isle of Mull. It runs back and forth throughout the day and takes 5 minutes. M.V. Volante operates an evening ferry service between Fionnphort and Iona throughout the summer months. The drive to Fionnphort through the mountains and lochs of southern Mull is very inspiring in itself. There are regular buses from Craignure on the east coast of Mull connecting with the ferries arriving from Oban on the mainland.
Throughout the tourist season there are daily coach day-trips to Mull, Iona, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles from Oban.