Beaches

The beaches on Iona are absolutely superb and the waters surrounding them have an aquamarine colour. This combined beauty makes them good for both the beach lover, and, photographer or artist.  All of the beaches are accessible by foot, not that you have much choice, as visitor's vehicles are not allowed on the island. Below, are a selection of the best beaches and their locations are on the page by selecting 'read more'

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Traigh Ban beach

Traigh Ban Nam Monach is Gaelic for 'white strand of the monks'. The north of the island is very quiet so take time out to enjoy this beautiful landscape. READ MORE

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Traigh Mhor

On the shore at Tràigh Mhòr you can see a glacial erratic boulder sitting on top of Torridonian sandstone. It was transported by ice across the Sound of Iona. READ MORE

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Martyr's Bay

This is a beautiful beach with stunning views over to Mull and to Erraid, once the summer home of Robert Louis Stevenson. READ MORE

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Traigh an t-Suidhe

Enjoy the beautiful white sands of Iona's North beach, Traigh an t-Suidhe (Beach of the Seat). READ MORE

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St. Columba's Bay

This is a fabulous beach with pebbles rather than sand but there is a super grassy area for sunbathing and picnics. READ MORE

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The Bay at the Back of the Ocean

Camus Cuil an t-Saimh stretches as far as the eye can see. The English translation is Bay at the Back of the Ocean. READ MORE