Gie it a bash

We know books have been made on Iona at least as long ago as the 9th Century when the Book of Kells was created, and likely long before that. Now you can try the craft yourself while you’re visiting the island.

Starting in 2021 I will be offering afternoon sessions in beginner’s bookbinding. Spend a couple of hours with a few other interested individuals and myself as I walk you through the steps to creating your very own book.

No experience necessary, all tools and materials are provided.

Each session is a standalone event, perfect if you’re just on the island for a few days and want a unique handmade memento of your time on Iona.

To book, just click on the icon to the right. Or use the comment form below if you have any questions.

I’m happy to run workshops by request as well, if you’d like a dedicated session for you group or want to learn something specific. Just get in touch and we’ll discuss the possibilities.

Workshop space on Iona for bookbinding classes


Workshops are held Wednesday afternoons throughout the tourist season, starting at 14.00 and lasting for about 2 hours.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure each person can be given individual attention.

Each participant will leave the session with at least one book that they have created themselves – and hopefully a greater appreciation for the craft of bookbinding, and maybe even the start of a new hobby / obsession.

Please note these workshops are not suitable for children.

Refund policy

Cancellations made 14 days or more in advance of the event date, will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made within 3 to 13 days of the event will incur a 50% fee. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the event are non-refundable. When you register for a class, you agree to these terms.

In the unlikely event that I need to cancel a workshop, as much notice as possible will be given and you will be refunded in full.

COVID compliance

Masks will be mandatory throughout the session unless you are in an exempt category.

Hand sanitiser will be provided and there are hand washing facilities on site.

Each student will have their own workstation and set of tools appropriately spaced apart from others. All tools will be disinfected for your use before arrival.

If you are attending a workshop with other members of your family / bubble and would like to be seated together, please let me know in advance so I can set up accordingly.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been asked to self-isolate, please do not attend the workshop you have booked. Please also contact me with as much notice as possible so we can make appropriate arrangements.

Visiting Iona

Not sure how to get here, or where to stay?

The Community Council have a very helpful website ( with directions and links for travel, as well as listings for many of the accommodation options, shops, and other amenities.

Iona is a small but busy little island. There’s plenty of places to choose from but it’s best to book well in advance!