We are a Christian retreat house on the shores of Iona, and just a stone's throw from the world famous Iona Abbey. We offer our guests a quiet place to spend some time with God, in nature, and in fellowship with each other.
We provide wholesome home cooked meals, daily services, and a warm welcome. But we can't do this without help! Volunteers are a very necessary and integral part of our staff team.
Due to the nature of our volunteer system, we are mostly interested in longer term commitments (2+ months).
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Our volunteers act as General Assistants, which consists of daily housekeeping, some bigger cleaning jobs, and some small maintenance work including gardening.
Life here is quite structured, a weekly rota is set out with a daily task list to follow. Aside from our unending gratitude, volunteer staff members also receive a room of their own and all meals.
Single bedroom with shared bathroom and internet access. Staff also have their own dining room with TV and DVD player. Couples accommodation can be provided if needed.
Iona is a small island but there are lots of things to do here. There are many beautiful walks on the island all with stunning views; on the south end of the island there is a golf course which is free to use.
There are boat trips around the island and to Staffa where you can visit Fingal’s Cave, the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Hebridean overture, and during the spring you can watch the puffins.
Both the hotels on island offer afternoon tea, if curling up with a scone and a good book is what you prefer. You can visit the Abbey and learn more about the history of Columba and Christianity of Iona. For a look at the history and stories of the island you can also visit the Heritage Centre and their tea room.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families