Iona Short Circular Walk


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Enjoy the islands stunning scenery, flora and fauna during this short walk.
  • Varied landscape

  • Beautiful scenery.

  • Small group.

  • Local history.

This walk starts up from the jetty seeing the islands main street as you pass with its quaint cottages before turning South.  

Begin from the jetty and stroll through the main street, passing quaint cottages before turning South. Enjoy the islands stunning scenery, flora and fauna. Pass the war memorial and converted church and head westward onto common grazing land that doubles up as the islands golf course. Be aware of golfers and stray golf balls! Once this is crossed there are wonderful sandy beaches with stunning views over the bay of the cliffs in the distance. Crossing the moor and down into the southern shores of Iona to the beach where St Columba is said to have firIn 1980 much of Iona came into the care of the National Trust for Scotland. The famous Abbey and related buildings are in the care of Iona Cathedral Trust. This walk explores the history, wildflowers, wildlife, stunning views, geology and maybe even the chance to hear the elusive corncrake calling from the fields and gardens. This circular walk goes along the coast and inland, taking in the geography of the island. A relatively easy walk along narrow roads and tracks with some uneven terrain and gentle uphill walking finishing off back at the jetty with time to look around the settlement and explore landed on Iona from his journey from Ireland. Take time to learn more about St Columba and enjoy the peace and tranquillity before returning to the jetty.

Practical information

Practical information: 

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate warm, layered, waterproof clothing and comfortable/sturdy walking boots. 

  • Walking information: 6 Km on varied terrain. 

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.

  • Language: English.