Walk from the pier to the top of Iona’s highest hill Dun I and back, allowing time to take in the view from the summit.

This walk can be included as part of your exploration to the North End of Iona or taken on it’s own. From the pier walk up past the Shops and turn right through the Nunnery and back onto the road. Follow the road towards the Abbey and continue on by past the Iona Pods. At the end of the field look for a signpost on the left which takes you across the field to begin your climb upwards. Parts of the climb require a rocky scramble so good boots are a must.


Dun I (pronounced Dun Eee) in gaelic means the ‘Hill of Iona’ which is only 110m above sea level and is crowned with a Cairn. As it is the highest point on Iona it is well worth trek up to the top as there is a 360º panoramic view up to the Treshnish Isles of Staffa, Lunga, Fladda and the Dutchmans cap and South you can see down to St Columbas bay. Look West on a clear day you can see the Lighthouse on Tiree. Whilst up there, remember to bathe your face in the Natural Well known as the ‘Well of Eternal Youth’ which can be found by standing at the cairn looking North and walking down the slope towards a cleft in the rocks.