David Allaway

David Has been living on Iona since 1999 with his wife and three boys. Originally from Oban he has always lived in Argyll and has a passion for this lesser known part of Scotland. Having worked on the Iolaire of  Iona, one of the Staffa boats, for 14 years he appreciates the incredible scenery, special wildlife and the fascinating History of Iona and the surrounding sea and Islands. He’s keen to share this knowledge and let visitors to Iona make the most of the wilder parts of the island while giving people an insight in to life on the island both through history and up to the present day. He also wants to give the visitor the best chance to have encounters with the island wildlife, geology and unique character.  David has walked and explored every corner of the island and experienced all the extremes of our island climate so has the experience to guide you safely and without risk of damaging sensitive and unique habitats of the island. David has an outdoor first aid qualification and is a member of the Mountain Training Association studying the new hill and moorland leader course. He’s also a keen photographer and was a founding member of oran creative crafts the island craft co-operative where you can see and buy Iona’s island produced arts and crafts. When not our guiding David and Wife Louise are kept busy working at the St Columba. David also leads the team of the islands volunteer fire fighters.