Iona Parish Church

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Iona’s Parish Church was built after an Act of Parliament in 1823 identified a need for “additional places of worship in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland”. £50,000 of public money was provided to build not more than 40 new churches with relative manses, but none was to cost more than £1,500. Iona’s Church was built in 1828 by William Thomson, to a design by James Smith of Inverness, approved by Thomas Telford. The Church and Manse cost a total of £1503 4s. The original pulpit, with panelled sides and a sounding board, was set against the East wall, but was removed in 1939 and is now preserved in the Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie. The interior was re-oriented at this time so that the congregation now faces South.

Visit the church website here.
Exhibition
The exhibition consists of panels, photographs, objects of interest, together with information about some notable island families and events.
Shop
The shop stocks a good selection of reasonably priced cards, gifts and books - many particularly relevant to Iona.
The Rookery Café
The cafe serves daily specials, home baking, soups, and a selection of hot and cold drinks.
Opening Hours
The centre is currently closed until late March 2024. Normal opening hours are 10.15am until 4.30pm, Monday-Saturday and closed Sunday.