Welcome to the website of Cnoc a' Chalmain
The Catholic House of Prayer, Isle of Iona
COVID - 19 Update
We plan on opening from the 15th May 2021.
Please understand that the House of Prayer will be running to government guidelines and we ask all guests to adhere to these. We plan on doing our upmost to make your stay with us and on Iona a safe and special one within the limits set for us.
Please remember to wear your mask on arrival and in all public areas of the house and continue to wash hands and use sanitisers.
Services in the Oratory will have limited spaces with guests being priority.
Thank you for your understanding.
Call or email us for more information.
Staff and Trustees
On Scotland's sacred Isle of Iona “Cnoc a' Chalmain”, the “Hill of the Dove ”, has been established as a House of Prayer under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church. It was officially opened by Archbishop Keith O'Brien in the spring of 1997, the 1400th anniversary year of St Columba's death on Iona.
Cnoc a' Chalmain provides a peaceful place of prayer for all pilgrims in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Cnoc a' Chalmain also offers a unique opportunity for a single room stay on Iona, with the possibility of sharing in the ecumenical services of the island.
Single and twin room accommodation is available at the House of Prayer for pilgrims of all faiths seeking a haven of peace and quiet.
How to find us
The House of Prayer is five minutes' walk from the ferry. Follow the road from the pier past the Nunnery ruins. Do not turn right to the Abbey but continue straight on to the road end, then turn left through a farm gate and Cnoc a' Chalmain is the second house on the right.
Travel to Iona
It takes about two and a half hours to reach Iona from Oban, travelling by ferry to Mull, then by road across Mull to the Iona ferry at Fionnphort.
A regular train or bus service operates from Glasgow to Oban with a journey time of about three hours.
For travel information to Mull and Iona contact:
Trains to Oban from the Scottish mainland
T 08457 484950
Ferries from Oban to Mull and Fionnphort to Iona
T 01631 566688 (Oban)
West Coast Motors
Buses across Mull
T 01680 812313
The only taxi on Iona
T 07810 325990