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The Place
Welcome to Staffa House! Situated in the heart of Fionnphort, conveniently only 5 minutes walk from the jetty, this is an excellent starting point for trips to Iona, Staffa and the Treshnish Islands.
Fionnphort was historically a fishing village offering pilgrims access to Iona, more recently it became known for the red granite quarried nearby which was highly prized for its density and hardness.
Nowadays, Fionnphort still has a small fishing industry, noted principally for shellfish. The village is home to The Ferry Shop (well-stocked village shop), The Keel Row (busy local pub/restaurant), The Creel (take-away seafood bar) and The Kiosk (snack-bar/waiting room for ferry). Walkers based at Fionnphort are spoilt for choice – fine coastal walks, quiet sandy beaches, unfrequented nature reserves, rugged hills and mountains, peaceful tracks to deserted villages……. The abundant wildlife in and around Fionnphort draws many enthusiasts on the look-out for hen-harriers, waders, otters and, further out to sea, puffins, dolphins, porpoises, minke whales and basking sharks. Historians too will find plenty to absorb them, not to mention geologists and botanists!
Flowers in front of Staffa House
Update – January 2017
Staffa House is currently on the market. The property and its stunning location have provided us with an amazing home and livelihood for the last nine years, but it's time now for us to think about moving on. For the meantime however, we are fully committed to maintaining our business at the same high standards as ever, and we are most definitely continuing to take bookings. Please don’t hesitate to phone or email if you’d like to chat this through with us in more detail.
The People
Gillian and Ali visiting Hirta (St. Kilda) Ali Holmes Ali is a qualified chef with 20 years professional experience. She is passionate about using fresh produce, where possible from local and organic sources. For her, quality of food, presentation and service are of the utmost importance.
She brings to Staffa House creative ideas about food and hospitality, underpinned by strong ethical beliefs.

Ali loves life on the West coast of Scotland, having worked previously for the Iona Community.
In her spare time she enjoys hill-walking, exploring the Ross of Mull and gardening.

Gillian Cummins Gillian is a professional musician and has worked widely in schools, colleges, nurseries and with private students. More recently she has worked as resident musician at Iona Abbey.
She greatly enjoys engaging with different people, offering them welcome and hospitality and exchanging stories with them.
An enthusiastic supporter of the Fairtrade movement, Gillian shares Ali's concern for ethical trading.
She loves Scottish dancing, ceilidhs, singing, walking, cycling and yoga.
Find out more about what's going on in and around Staffa House by reading our


Sunset over Iona, seen from our front door.
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