Throughout our walks we’ll be telling you the stories, explaining the history, geology, and geography of our landscape. We’ll also be keeping a look out for the wildlife and flora of Iona, and of course answer your questions about our spectacular island home .
We have a weekly schedule of set walks for you to join, these are described below. Don’t worry if they don’t match your itinerary or abilities as we can do these or specially tailored walks at other times. Whether you’re part of a group or an individual feel free to contact us with your ideas and let us design a walk specially for you. Our individually tailored walks start from only £20 per person for up to 3 hours. Group rates are available for groups of 6 or more. Our walks generally start and finish at the St Columba Hotel. We can also start individual walks from your accommodation or the pier with prior arrangement.
Looking forward to helping you get the most from your time on our special island
ISLAND SOUTH WEST
From the village to the sandy grasslands of the west, over heather moorland to the inspiring St Columba’s Bay.
Following the island road crossing to the wild west coast. Wander the mighty atlantic coast crossing hebridean grasslands and turning south over the wild moorland landscape taking in the vistas to distant islands. Understand the ever changing moods of the sea. Making your way to the iconic St Columba’s Bay.
Monday 10am, Approx 4hours 6Km, £18 per person Ability Easy/Moderate
FULL SOUTH ISLAND WALK
Leaving the village and heading south over lonely moorland and cliff top paths to a hidden abandoned quarry. From then progressing to St Columba’s Bay and on to fertile grasslands of the west and returning along the island road.
This walk discovers the unspoiled isolated south of Iona. Explore a hidden industrial secret. Take in the ever changing seascapes and endless sky. Search hidden beaches for timid wildlife. Roam over a landscape formed over millennia. Experience an ever changing sky. Stop to scour the famous St Columba’s Bay for the elusive St Columba’s tear. Then back over the hill to the unique Machair land of the west end and returning following the island road across the island’s middle among scattered island crofts and back to the island village.
Wednesday 10am, 4 hours Approx 8Km, £20 per person Walking Ability – moderate
EAST AND WEST COAST
Passing through the village to the south along the east coast road, across to the west coast looking out for the spouting cave. Walking along beaches to the hidden sheltered Port Ban and an ancient hill fort.
This Walk lets you see the contrasting sides of the island. From the east coast with its busy village and regular ferry bustle we leave the crowds and follow the road south looking over the island Sound. Turning west through the island’s fertile middle to the Atlantic coastline to experience a landscape dominated by the changing power of the sea. Keeping a lookout for the island wildlife and unique plants of the Hebridean Machair. Then on to the sandy shelter of Port Ban with its white sand and unexpected colours in the shadow of an iron age fort.