Dog Friendly Day Out in Scotland

Western Scotland

Telephone: 01681 700512
Telephone: 0131 668 8800

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Key Info:
On the Island of Iona, public ferry from Fionnphort, Mull.

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 spiritual atmosphere and remains an enduring symbol of worship. Over a century ago, the abbey and monastic buildings were restored and, in 1938, The Iona Community was founded to continue the tradition of worship in the abbey through daily services and teaching. Iona’s historical and religious attractions include the abbey church and cloisters, St Columba’s shrine, the site of St Columba’s writing cell, and a superb collection of over 180 medieval carved stones and crosses. In the Abbey graveyard, many early Scottish kings and chiefs, as well as kings from Ireland, Norway and France are buried, and nearby are the remains of the 13th century nunnery. There is a gift shop in the Abbey cloister featuring locally-made original arts and crafts along with a wide range of souvenirs specific to Iona and Mull.

Opening Times:
Visit Historic Scotland's website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs are permitted in the grounds if kept on a leash. They are not permitted in roofed buildings. Owners are asked to be sensitive to the effect of their dogs on others, esepcially children. Poop scoops are available from the steward at staffed sites. Please clear up after your dog.

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