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Iona Hostel

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Lagandorain | Argyll PA76 6SW, PA76 6SW, Scotland
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Belfast, Maine
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

John is a perfect host and the hostel is magical, perfect for any stay on Iona. The volunteers were helpful as well as delightful and the accommodation, the best in Scotland during a month long journey! Thank you for being a highlight of the trip by bringing together fascinating people to share in your unique environment. As a solo traveler,... More 

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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hostel is wonderful. The views are lovely and it is a short walk to some amazing beaches. The rooms, bathrooms and common areas were all spotlessly clean. Towels were available as well, for a minimal price. I don't always love hostels, but I'd go back there in a minute. Iona is a wonderful place to be, and this is... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Iona Hostel is easily the finest hostel I have stayed in. Julia really is an incredible host and her calming presence informs the whole atmosphere in what is a truly relaxing escape from the bustle of city life. The most beautiful beach is about a minute's walk from the hostel, where the water is variegated shades of blue that I... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had a couple of wonderful days staying at John's shepherd's bothy which is an artistic and modern take on an old fashioned gypsy wagon. It was located slightly away from the main hostel so there was peace and privacy to go with the stunning views of duni and the Treshnish Isles. It was comfortable, warm, spotlessly clean and we... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The owner, John, clearly planned before he built. This place has the most wonderful hum and feel to it--from the immaculate kitchen and common area to the poems stapled to the bunk above you. A smooth operating machine and delightful space in a most extraordinary place. This is a real gem, don't miss it!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Brilliant hostel. The hostel is welcoming and clean, and John, the owner is helpful and friendly. It's on the far end of the island, so be prepared for about a 40 minute walk when you first get in at the pier. The views are beautiful, from both the common room and the dorms, and there are beaches a short walk... More 

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Sevenoaks District, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The hostel has a fantastic location on the magical island of Iona and is just a short walk to a fantastic beach. I loved everything about this place and will hopefully be quick to return. This is a gem.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

A fantastic place ... great hostel & wonderful island ...It has to be on your bucket list ... always different things to do & see no matter how many times you visit .... views from Duni superb due to weather this time

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sunny Kuala Lumpur
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42 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Stayed here only for one night but wished it was for more. Was recommended to stay here through an Edinburgh-based family member and found this to be a gem! We experienced an hour delay for our ferry from Oban to Mull, and you should have seen how rushed and bothered we were, driving on that single lane, winding roads, neglecting... More 

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Chambery, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I don't know how to describe the warm and welcoming feeling that I had when we got to this place. The people were very friendly, great decor of the house (especially kitchen and 'hang out' part of the house), VERY clean, LOVED the eco concept and I just wish I could stay for like a month cause it was such... More 

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