Cnoc a Chalmain

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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. Photo by Edward Watson 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.

Cnoc a' Chalmain
(Charity No: SC018882)

Céud míle faílte  (a hundred thousand welcomes)


Sister Jean Lawson
Sister Jean Lawson rscj (Warden)

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.

Map by Tiraghoil Designs  Photo by Edward Watson

Travel Time

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 Scotrail scotrail.co.uk 08457 484950
Ferries Caledonian MacBrayne calmac.co.uk 01631 566688  (Oban)
Buses on Mull West Coast Motors westcoastmotors.co.uk 01680 812313
Taxi on Iona Iona Taxi ionataxi.co.uk 07810 325990

For information about the work of the Colmcille Trust in founding Cnoc a' Chalmain, click here.

Iona Views

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Photo by Edward Watson  Photo by Edward Watson


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