Iona Hostel, Iona Hostel, Iona, Argyll, PA76 6SW

Call John MacLean on 01681 700781

Overview

Tucked into the rocky outcrops at the north end of the island, Iona Eco Hostel has spectacular views to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles, and beyond Rhum to the Black Cuillins of Skye. The hostel is situated on the working croft of Lagandorain (the hollow of the otter).

This land has been worked for countless generations, creating the familiar Hebridean patchwork of wildflower meadow, crops and grazing land, home to an amazing variety of plants and birds. It offers quiet sanctuary for those that seek it, within easy reach of island activities.

Whether travelling on your own, with friends, or as part of one of the many visiting groups, Iona Hostel offers you a warm welcome - with the best views this side of heaven. 4 star STB. Green Tourism Gold Award. Sorry no dogs.

This accommodation is featured on our map of West coast of Scotland, Skye and the Hebrides and here is its own website.

Details

  • Beds & Rooms:

    21: 1x2, 2x4, 1x5, 1x6.
  • Open:

    All year. Closed 11am-1pm for cleaning - no curfew.
  • Price per night:

    £23.00 adult / £19.00 under 10's (bedding included).
  • Booking:

    Strongly advised.
  • Directions:

    You cannot bring your car onto Iona, but there is free parking in Fionnphort on Mull at the Columba Centre. Iona Hostel is the last building at the north end of the island, 2 km from the pier and up beyond the abbey.
  • Public Transport:

    Caledonian Macbrayne ferry service from Oban or Mull 08705 650000. For buses on Mull: 01546 604695. Taxi service on Iona: 0781 0325990.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is by the sea, is available to individuals and is a Green Business Award Winner. It is on the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the ideal for retreats page and the Skye and the Hebrides map.

Facilities

aMixed dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rDisabled Access
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
iDrying room
jShowers
pClothes washing facilities
[WiFi
8Green Tourism Award: Gold
0VisitScotland Quality Assured

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News & Offers from Iona Hostel

The hostel, bothy and snug on Iona Island are available as a self contained holiday lets this Autumn

August 27th 2020

Visit Iona’s ancient abbey and enjoy white shell sand beaches and spectacular views of the isles and mountains beyond. The land has been worked for generations, creating the familiar Hebridean patchwork of wildflower meadow, crops and grazing land. It offers quiet sanctuary for those that seek it, within easy reach of island activities.

white beaches on iona hebrides island
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Iona Hostel will remain closed until early September, when we will review the situation.

June 25th 2020

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Iona Hostel ”the best views this side of heaven”

April 2nd 2019

Iona has a long history of spirituality. The old, early Christian abbey gives the island the title of ‘Cradle of Christianity’. The great and the good have chosen it as their resting place: Kings of the Picts and of Scotland; musicians and leaders. Still today folk are attracted to its special magnetism as a retreat, an artist’s muse or wildlife lover’s haven.

Iona, one of the Inner Hebrides, is a tiny island, yet justly famous. The north and south ends are rough moorland hills. There’s a low lying route through the middle. The coast is scattered with even tinier islands and inlets. There are wide, pale beaches. It is an island where you are, by necessity, close to nature and by extension to the spiritual. Farming, fishing, wildlife are all around you. The peace and solitude of the island have always brought pilgrims.

Samuel Johnson wrote “That man is little to be envied whose … piety would not grow warmer amid the ruins of Iona.”
The Hostel on Iona understands this. Their website is full of beautifully phrased affection for the island – their words are far more eloquent and informed than mine. It is part of a croft, worked for generations, buried in a wildflower meadow “with the best views this side of heaven”. It sleeps 21 in a variety of room sizes and is snuggly warm with woodburning stove and heaps of insulation. As if that wasn’t tempting enough, a shepherd’s bothy has been wheeled out to the water’s edge which you can stay in too! Explore the pictures and the description – again, they are more lovely than I can do justice to.

Iona has a long history of spirituality. The old, early Christian abbey gives the island the title of ‘Cradle of Christianity’. The great and the good have chosen it as their resting place: Kings of the Picts and of Scotland; musicians and leaders. Still today folk are attracted to its special magnetism as a retreat, an artist’s muse or wildlife lover’s haven.

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