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St COLUMBA HOTEL: Activities

Many of our guests require no guidance with regard to what to do on Iona! If, like them, you have come to Iona for a peaceful and restful time then we recommend that you follow your inner voice and spend a great deal of time snoozing in one of our lounges!

If however you would like to know a little about what is on offer on this beautiful island then the following might help.


Walking:- Finding somewhere beautiful to walk to on Iona is not difficult. There are many stunning beaches with hardly anyone on them. We sell maps of the island at reception and are happy to advise on walks. Guided walks are also available (www.ionatrails.com) and can be booked at reception.


Boat Trips:- For many visitors, a trip to the island of Staffa is a ‘must do’. Fingal’s Cave was the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s “Hebridean Overture” and is quite simply awe inspiring. Puffins can be seen ashore from around mid April to early August.

The trip to Staffa takes around three hours and can be booked at reception or directly through Staffa Trips or Staffa Tours.

From May to the early August Staffa Tours also run trips to the Treshnish Isles. This trip takes around 6 hours and more information can be found here.

Alternative Boat Hire run scheduled trips and custom charters onboard Birthe Marie. Let Mark charm you with his local knowledge, stories and sailing prowess!


Golf:- There is an 18 hole golf course at the south end of the island. Limited facilities, no green fees and plenty of sheep. At reception you will be able to borrow clubs and balls and there is a course map available for a small donation.


Getting Around:- Bikes are a great way to explore Iona. Bikes travel free on CalMac ferries if you’re bringing you’re own, or you can arrange to rent one once you’re here. There is also one taxi on the island.


Arts and Crafts:- For an island with a population of less than 120 there are a surprising number of very talented people living here! There is a good selection of art and craft shops on Iona including the Columba Steadings located opposite the hotel which houses Oran Creative Crafts and “Aosdana” silversmiths. In addition Iona Craft shop can be found in the village and Iona Pottery and Gallery opposite the Abbey.

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