Iona can certainly be a good place to ‘leave it all behind’, and if that’s your aim then you may want to skip most of this section (except to find out where to post your postcards!). If, on the other hand, you want to keep in touch with people or events elsewhere during your time on Iona then here you can find the information to help you do just that.
Mobile phones get varied reception on Iona. Currently the O2 network (which also handles calls for Tesco Mobile and Giff Gaff) has by far the widest coverage, followed by Vodafone. Most other networks get little or no reception although EE users report a weak signalmorth of iona Abbey. If you know of a good spot for a particular network feel free to let us know! There is a public payphone in the village which accepts coins.
Iona Post Office may not be the most modern in Scotland, but with it’s beach front location near the jetty it just might be the most photographed! The Post Office is open year round at the following times:
Monday: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Tuesday: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday: 9am to 1pm (closed in the afternoon)
Thursday: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 12.30pm
Letters and postcards can also be posted in the Victorian pillar box just outside the Post Office. Post is usually collected 6 days a week during the summer ferry timetable and 5 times a week in the winter, please check the notice on the pillar box for current times.
Post arrives on the island 6 days a week, usually around lunchtime, and is delivered by one of the local ‘Posties’ who commute over from Mull.
Public Wi-Fi is currently available in both hotels, the Heritage Centre Tearoom and Martyr’s Bay Bar and Restaurant. There are also public computers with internet access at the St Columba Hotel.
Newspapers are delivered to the island around lunchtime and are sold in the Spar shop in the village.