Immerse yourself in the landscape of Iona

Welcome to The Green Shed!

Located at the northern tip of the beautiful island of Iona, The Green Shed offers self catering accomodation for individuals, couples and family groups.

The Snug and The Studio both sleep two, whilst the Sea Room sleeps up to ten. The Bothy offers a very special secluded and simple hideaway for individuals or couples.

The Green shed (in its former guise as Iona Hostel) was well reviewed and recommended. The name and what we offer might have changed, but the warm welcome and high standards remain.

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Four accommodation options…

Three apartments plus the Bothy are available. They are all clean, cosy, and comfortable. You won't find a TV in any of them, but you will find maps and books. There's good WiFi should you require it (except in The Bothy).

    The Sea Room

    Sleeps 10

    The Sea Room is a large and comfortable apartment which can sleep up to 10 in the summer months. An eco build with Gold Star eco-accreditation it is a unique and homely place to relax. Set well back from the road is is only a three minute walk across the grass to the beach.

    There are tatty old Persian rugs, bits of old boat, far too many books and no TV. As a concession to the modern world it has great WiFi, is spotlessly clean, people seem to love it - as it's in paradise.

    The big bedroom sleeps four, in two bunk beds and a comfy kingsize double that can divide into two singles.

    The Snug

    Sleeps 2

    A cosy little apartment at the north end of Iona. it’s a lovely place to relax, either on a gentle summers evening or as winter gales lash the island. The last building on the island (next stop Staffa) it is well set back from the road and only a three minute walk across the machair to the Sandy beach. Perfect if you are one of the new hardy breed of sea swimmers! The Snug is south facing and looks out onto its own little garden and bench.

    Comprising a comfortable and well equipped kitchen (with space to sit around in Lloyd Loom chairs with a good book and cup of coffee) it has a shower room and w.c. and a double bedroom with a kingsize bed which can divide into two singles. A small hall completes things, with a Windsor chair and an ever growing collection of books and painting.

    The Studio

    Sleeps 2

    The Studio is a little apartment but with a big heart. It oozes character with old rugs, big armchairs and a headboard for the bed is up-cycled from an old French cottage door. Big windows look out over the machair to the Hebridean sea. The sandy beach is a three minute barefoot wander across the grass.

    In true studio style the kingsize bed, armchairs, breakfast bar and kitchen have been shoe-horned into the one room. Next door is a shower room and w.c.

    Under the same roof as the Snug and the Sea Room it is a perfect spot to relax and let the stress of everyday life seep away.

    The Bothy

    Sleeps 1-2

    Contrary to what you would expect, it is very difficult to find secluded and simple accommodation on Iona, somewhere to just sit and reflect, write or go on quiet retreat. The Bothy offers this to those who want it. As either a retreat or a romantic getaway it’s something very special.

    The Bothy tucked away among the rocky outcrops behind Cnoc Buie (yellow hill), the little hill behind the Hostel. This is where we’ve been planting trees over the years so she’s surrounded by young willow, birch, hazel and oak. It’s a lovely secret spot, quiet and secluded yet within three or four minutes walk from the beach.

    The Bothy is beautifully furnished inside, with a single bed that pulls out to make a double, an old dresser and a Lloyd-loom table and chair. There is a rolled umbrella, a torch, a hot water bottle and an oil lamp. Everything you need really apart from chocolate (which you can now buy in the hostel).

    It has electricity so there is bright overhead lighting if you want it, a cosy bedside lamp and an electric fire. The Bothy is very heavily insulated so you shouldn’t need it too much.

    One thing to note: As the Bothy has no running water guests use the shower / toilet and kitchen facilities in the lovely new Shepherd’s hut, The Lookout, which is a three minute walk away. Guests share the Lookout with the one or two friendly volunteers helping on the croft.

Getting here

The journey to Iona can be an adventure in itself. We've put together a comprehensive guide.

A haven at the north end of Iona.

The Green Shed on film

Our friend Sarah made a couple of beautiful films about life at Lagandorain.

We also have a clip from the series 'Scotland's Sacred Islands', where broadcaster and adventurer Ben Fogle spends a night in our bothy.

If you're in the UK, you can watch more of Ben's adventures on BBC iPlayer here. If you're outside the UK, you may be able to see some of the series here.


The Green shed (in its former guise as Iona Hostel) was well reviewed and recommended. The name and what we offer might have changed, but the warm welcome and high standards remain.

Enter your proposed dates below to see the availability of all accommodation options.

Contact Us

We hope you'll find everything you need on our website. For any other enquiries, please get in touch using the Contact Form or by calling us on
+44 (0)1681 700642.

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Lagandorain, Isle of Iona, Argyll PA76 6SW
Company No: SC282142 Registered in Scotland
Tel: +44 (0)1681 700 642

Many of the photos on our website were taken by Stephanie Mhor, and we're very grateful for her permission to use them.
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