The Island of Iona and the Iona Community

The Island of Iona in the Inner Hebrides, off the Western coast of Scotland, has been associated with Celtic Christianity since the foundation of the monastery there in the 6th Century by Saint Columba.

There are several possibilities for group and individual accommodation and programmes on the island. The Iona Community run two centres, one of which being the restored Abbey building itself. They offer a year-round schedule of themed programmes, usually six nights in duration. The nearby Bishop’s House, run by the Scottish Episcopal Church provides an alternative venue for retreats, which can be organised for the specific wishes of your group.


The Iona Community

The Iona Community is a dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship.
We are an ecumenical Christian community of men and women from different walks of life and different traditions in the Church engaged together, and with people of goodwill across the world, in acting, reflecting and praying for justice, peace and the integrity of creation; convinced that the inclusive community we seek must be embodied in the community we practise.


It is said that people come to Iona looking for peace and quiet and go away looking for peace and justice.

(Iona Abbey Worship Book, p.71)

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