The Isle of Iona Eilean Idhe

The tiny island of Iona has captured the imagination of pilgrims for centuries from the early hermetic monks of the 6th century to modern day travellers seeking peace, beauty and solitude.

Over the centuries Iona has been home to and has inspired poets, musicians, craftsmen and women, writers, artists and theologians. Its landscape speaks of angelic visions and ancient burial grounds, a hermitage of the sea and a place of reflection and revival.

Iona is home to a thriving population and we are a lively mix of old island names amongst more recent arrivals, who landed and never found a good enough reason to leave this geographical edge of Scotland. Aosdàna plays its part in island life, employing local people and offering secure seasonal employment year after year. Through its 2006 redevelopment of the St. Columba Steadings, which was carried out in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, Aosdàna has provided affordable workspace for nine island microbusinesses.