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Iona Abbey

Address: isle of iona, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)1681 700 512
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Isle of Iona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of Scotland's most historic and sacred sites, Iona Abbey was founded by St Columba and his...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: One of Scotland's most historic and sacred sites, Iona Abbey was founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563. A celebrated focus for Christian pilgrimage, Iona retains its spritual atmosphere and remains a vital place of worship.

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Fullerton, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

It's a fabulous shrine, offers services every day. Few visitors in mid-October but 250 or so per ferry trip in the high season.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Leaving Oban on the ferry to Mull, coach trip to the little ferry to Iona with the day spent at the Abbey. We had great weather which I think made all the difference, wouldn't be as enjoyable if it was pouring rain. Ferries are very well organised and run on time. Coach driver across Mull was hilarious and very informative.... More 

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

lovely church, steeped in history, can pay for admission and get tour guide audio, quite small and some parts were under construction

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

It was a bit pricey to get in to,but very interesting!They had audio to go with you so you could go to an item and then it would explain all about it to you-that was good.The gardens were lovely-it was sunny and serene…lots of wee shops for shoppers and again with the amazing beaches!

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This was our second visit to the Iona. On the first, regretfully we didn't visit the Abbey. The admission fee seems a little high but it does include an audio guide. The views are stunning. Well worth a visit.

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Hickory, NC
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Abbey itself is the reason to go to Iona. Stay long enough to go at least twice and attend a service. Walk this beautiful island and explore its sometimes sandy but mostly rocky coast. The island is only three miles by one mile and deserves 2-3 days. The Abbey is both majestic and mystic.

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Texas
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was my second visit to Iona. In 2009, there was a tiny hut where the Scottish Heritage sold tickets to the Abbey. They now have a beautiful entry building, the scaffolding is gone, the clock has been restored, the museum has been updated, and the new audio guide was very well done. Not only is this a very historic... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

It has taken me over fifty years to get round to visiting Iona and I wish now that we had done it years ago. What a quietly peaceful and fascinating place this is. Although, we do not belong to any religious order, the place gripped us from the moment we walked we stepped off the 10am ferry and cycled the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Enjoyed my visit with the aid of the audio guide . The abbey had a tranquil atmosphere. The string is amazing as are the views which are spectacular. The information / gift shop is good value. Altogether worth while.

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Watkins Glen, New York
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This was one of the reasons we came to Scotland - to travel to this Holy Place. It was everything we could have wished for. The free audio tour was very well done - with appropriate plainsong chant, too. We came for a prayerful experience and were not disappointed.

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