Argyll Hotel

Iona, Argyll and Bute

You can take a cream tea on the grass in front of this homely hotel on a small, rugged island, and spot dolphins in the Sound of Iona. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

You can take a cream tea on the grass in front of this homely hotel on a small, rugged island and spot dolphins in the Sound of Iona. Hands-on owners Wendy and Rob MacManaway and Dafydd and Katy Russon are ‘constantly present and available’, a reader writes. Within the 19th-century building, bedrooms range from singles to a luxury sea-view room with a wood-burner, armchairs, a bath and walk-in shower. Styling is contemporary with rustic touches. On cold days a fire burns in one of the lounges. ‘Soup lunches in the conservatory made a pleasant break to the day.’ Chef Tom Morley devises menus of produce from local crofts, sustainably landed fish and abundant fruit and vegetables from the organic garden behind the hotel, beside nunnery ruins. A typical dish: braised beef cheeks, blue cheese mash, garden kale pesto, greens. ‘The food was absolutely delicious. Vegetarian options were a visual delight (decorated for example with borage).’ St Columba sailed to Iona in 563 in a hide-covered wicker boat. Today’s traveller disembarks on foot from the ferry just a stroll from the hotel door. (Alison Forrester)

Hotel details


Isle of Iona
Argyll and Bute
PA76 6SJ


01681 700334


17. 7 in linked extension.


late Mar–late Oct.


3 lounges, conservatory, dining room, patchy Wi-Fi in public areas, wedding facilities, seafront lawn, lounges/dining room wheelchair accessible, unadapted toilet, step.

Background music

modern Scottish, ‘gentle’ jazz, country music in dining room.


all ages welcomed, under-4s free, extra bed £20–£40.


max. 2 allowed in bedrooms (£15 per stay), not in dining room or 2 lounges.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £100, singles from £77. À la carte £35. 1-night bookings often refused.

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Comments about Argyll Hotel

We were enchanted. You can step into the seaside garden and sit and have a drink while watching the ferry travel to and fro, and listen to the sounds of the sea. It is run by two friendly couples, who are constantly present and available, with younger, very welcoming support staff .We were impressed with their Covid protection procedures. The food was delicious - the vegetarian options were a visual delight. Soup lunches in the sunny conservatory made a pleasant break to the day. Our rooms were comfortable and clean, with a garden view. The three indoor lounges were all very relaxing. The only downside was the WiFi, which seemed to struggle It was very good value for money.. - Alison Forrester - July 2020

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.