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St. Columba Hotel | Isle of Iona, Argyll, Scotland


St. Columba Hotel | Isle of Iona, Argyll, Scotland

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Sep 11 2021


All of the day


£1,195 - £1,540

Iona Pilgrimage Week

Join John Philip Newell on the sacred isle of Iona for a week of prayer, learning, sacred practice, and community.

Each day on Iona begins and ends with the rhythm of prayer and meditation together. In the mornings, John Philip Newell teaches on Celtic themes of Earth and Soul as sacred and invites us into the holy work of contemplation and action as the basis for transformation in our lives and world. The afternoons are given to hiking, conversation, and rest, and the early evenings to further reflection and meditative chanting in the 11-century Chapel of St Oran. One day, we walk the nine-mile island pilgrimage route (see below) together to pray for the journey of our lives and world.

Our host for this pilgrimage week is the St. Columba Hotel. Located a three minute walk from Iona Abbey and overlooking the way, the St. Columba Hotel is an ideal location. The St. Columba is much more than a venue; their organic gardens, eco-friendly policies, and welcoming staff are an important part of our community life together. We are also the only lodgers at the St. Columba during this week. We are delighted and grateful to partner with them in these pilgrimage weeks. Registration for this week is made directly through the St. Columba Hotel (for lodging and the program). 

To inquire about availability and prices for this event, please contact the St. Columba Hotel directly.

The St. Columba Hotel handles all registrations for this pilgrimage week.

To book, please visit the online bookings page on Columba website here. Enter the arrival and departure dates (ie the pilgrimage start and end dates) to give a stay of 7 nights and you will see the room types that are available and can then proceed to book and pay securely online. Please note that the Pilgrimage can only be booked as a 7-night package. Should you wish to book any additional nights before or after the pilgrimage you will need to make a separate booking, subject of course to availability.

If you are trying to book for a pilgrimage that is fully booked you will just get “call” on the screen, at this point we would suggest putting your name on the alert list.  It’s worth mentioning at this point that the alert list is first come first served and they do not keep a preference as to what room type. 

Please contact them directly to inquire about availability and pricing for this event.

St. Columba Hotel 
email: info@stcolumba-hotel.co.uk
call: +44 (0) 1681 700304

write: Isle of Iona, Argyll, Scotland PA76 6SL

Packing Suggestions

It is very important to bring suitable hiking and outer wear for this week, especially for the pilgrimage day, on which we walk a nine mile pilgrimage route around the Isle together. The weather on Iona can be unpredictable and change quickly. We highly recommend you bring sturdy (waterproof is best) footwear – sneakers are likely to get wet – and waterproof clothing. Many often bring not only rain jackets but rain pants as well. Also, the Isle can be quite dark at night. If you want to do any nighttime walking, you should consider bringing a headlamp or flashlight.

You will also want to have some cash on hand. There is no ATM on Iona. The little grocery market in town can do cash back, but we recommend bringing some with you.

Internet Access

There is WiFi at the St. Columba Hotel. However, it is not uncommon for there to be disruptions in connection. If the WiFi is knocked out, it can sometimes take a few days for it to be restored. Cell service is also spotty on the Isle.


The St. Columba will send you an itinerary of the week a few months prior to your arrival. However, please note that there are no sessions scheduled prior to the evening meal on the first day of the week, nor are there any sessions scheduled after breakfast on the last day. Feel free to arrive on Iona and leave when you need to on those for your travel plans.

Should you have any further questions about Iona, the week, availability, pricing, etc. please contact the St. Columba directly by emailing them or calling at +44 (0) 1681 700304.

Getting to Iona may seem tricky (almost a pilgrimage itself!), but though it has many steps it is relatively straightforward. From Glasgow, it takes a total of around 6.5 hours. Essentially, you can depart Glasgow early morning or around lunch and get to Iona either around 3:15 pm or 6:30 pm. There are no sessions scheduled prior to the evening meal on the first day, so you can feel free to arrive on Iona any time up to the last ferry, which leaves for Iona at 6:15 pm.  Your general path of travel will be Glasgow -> Oban -> Craignure (Isle of Mull) -> Fionnphort (Isle of Mull) -> Iona

From Glasgow

Take a train or bus to Oban. If you fly into Glasgow, the travel information desk in the Glasgow airport can be very helpful in exploring your options to get to Oban. Otherwise, for train information, visit the UK Rail’s website.

From Oban

Take the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. You can buy tickets for this ferry in the ferry terminal in Oban (tip! Buy your tickets for the ferry from Fionnphort to Iona at this time as well). Many people take the ferry departing Oban around noon or around 4:00 pm. Both of these ferries connect with the bus service (see below) across Mull to get you to Iona either around 3:00 pm or 6:30 pm. ** Please check ferry and bus schedules to make sure there have been no changes or interruptions of service. For ferry information, please visit Caledonian Macbrayne’s website.

From Craignure

Take the bus across Mull to Fionnphort. Bus services are available daily. The stop for the bus is just outside the ferry terminal to the left. You can buy your ticket for this bus ride on the bus (cash only!). Click here for a bus schedule on West Coast Motors website.

From Fionnphort

Take the small ferry from Fionnphort to Iona.

The St. Columba Hotel is about a five minute walk from the jetty on Iona. The St. Columba will collect your luggage for you at the jetty if you communicate with them ahead of time.