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Inchcolm Abbey and Island

| Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
+44 7836 265146
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Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. It was the dream of Alexander I to establish a monastery on the island after he sheltered on it during a storm. But following his death, it was his brother David I who invited Augustinian canons to establish a priory, which was later given full abbey status. The abbey has a dramatic location which you can see from the boat before you arrive on the island. The medieval stone screens inside the belltower are rare survivals of medieval church fixtures and the 13th century well-painting is a rare medieval fresco. The island is also famed for its seals, wildlife and coastal defences from the two world wars.
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“boat trip” (114 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
+44 7836 265146

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Book a guided walk with Cannon Mark, we spent a good 45 minutes fact finding with him, quite brilliant! The boat ride is worth every penny and the guided walk a bonus, the island was awash with birds just coming off the nest, noisy but...More

Thank Goodfoodknight
Reviewed 5 days ago

I took my grandaughters 6 &9 for a trip on the Maid of the Forth to Inchcolm Island. We enjoyed the boat trip which was made interesting with a few details of the surrounding area. We also saw seals swimming and sun bathing on rocks...More

Thank susanl466
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very closed to Edinburgh and a perfect day out in the peace and quite from Queensferry. Nice experience

Thank Chiaretta2710
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We travelled to Inchcolm Island with Forth Tours and had a fantastic day out! The Abbey is wonderful to walk around. Lots to be seen!

Thank Ineeze L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. The combination of a Firth of Furth boat tour is definitely recommend. The birds and seals are amazing. Another piece of individual Scottland travel. Visit this island.

Thank Ralphfrank
Reviewed 1 week ago

Accessed from Queensferry by the Maid of the Forth, this venue has so much to offer. An ideal place for a trip down the River Forth and the Abbey ruins are very interesting as part of the religous history of Scotland. The old WWI/II buildings...More

Thank dfboath
Reviewed 1 week ago

My Grandchildren. daughter in law and myself took a trip on the water and landed on the island. The weather was not great but the trip itself was fantastic. The children had a ball along with the adults. So much to see and do, the...More

Thank mmaccusker
Reviewed 1 week ago

I did the Maid of the Forth cruise which drops off at Incholm. Although I didn't actually set foot on the little isle I could see enough to pass an opinion. The island is well maintained and you have to pay a fee to go...More

1  Thank observer2011
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a trip here during a free day from group travel, and it was the best decision I could have made. I accessed it from the Three Bridges Tour from Edinburg. I had to pay a fee to get off the boat tour, but...More

Thank Claire H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning island with plenty to see. Lots of history and wild life.. expect to see lots of birds!! The seagulls are nesting in the long grass.. it's lovely to see. The little shop that's on the island is lovely too with really friendly staff....More

Thank Laura1480968
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Lisa F
2 June 2017|
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Response from l-a-christie | Reviewed this property |
A couple of hours would be fine to see everything but if it is a nice day you may want to spend more time, the beach is actually very sheltered. There are toilets and a tea-room although we took a picnic that the seagulls... More
Maureen A
22 July 2016|
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Response from ian1811 | Reviewed this property |
Best to book in advance. You can just turn up but if it is busy you may not get on?
31 May 2016|
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Response from TartanWanderer | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. I am from Edinburgh originally and I am not aware that there are any Puffins here. If you have been told that there are then I am obviously wrong. When I was there I didn't see any - sorry.