The little island of Iona in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland has been a place of pilgrimage since St Columba established a monastery there in 6th century. From there St Columba set out on journeys that brought the good news of Christ to the people of Scotland and beyond. Viking raids and the ruination unleashed by the Reformation destroyed the monastic community. However thanks to the fame of its founder, St Columba, the island has always been revered as a holy place. In the 1930s the Abbey was rebuilt by the Church of Scotland minister, Lord McLeod, and is now home to an ecumenical community. In 1991 a Catholic Prayer House was established and Mass began to be celebrated regularly on the island once again. http://www.catholic-iona.com/index.html
We love going on pilgrimage to Iona to visit this holy place. We are happy to help you with your pilgrimage and have a great deal of experience leading youth pilgrimages, accompanying private groups or encouraging walking pilgrims on their way there.
Accompanied Visits to Iona
– 21st-25th September 2015 Iona Pilgrimage with Craig Lodge Let me say my daily prayers, sometimes chanting, sometimes quiet, always thanking God.” St Columba. Combine a stay at Craig Lodge with a three day escorted visit to the beautiful Isle of Iona. (£375 – includes travel to/from Iona, full board Craig Lodge, half board Iona Prayer House. Places strictly limited, early booking recommended)
– We would be happy to accompany your group to Iona. Please contact us to find out more
Independent Visits to Iona
Many groups choose to spend a night at Craig Lodge on their way to and from Iona. They find the prayerful setting lends itself to their pilgrimage experience.
Craig Lodge is on the developing St Andrews to Iona pilgrimage trail and is always happy to welcome pilgrims and help them on their way. Some walkers are also using the West Highland Way from Glasgow and then branching off at Tyndrum or Bridge of Orchy to make their way to Oban and on to Iona. We have explored the routes around Craig Lodge and are happy to offer advice on your route.
Scottish Pilgrim Routes – http://www.sprf.org.uk/links.html
Info on the Walking route to Iona – http://www.thewayofstandrews.com/route/routes-and-photos/st-columbas-way/
Ferry Info – http://www.calmac.co.uk/