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Inchcolm Abbey and Island

| Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
+44 7836 265146
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Great Day Out

Really great boat trip seeing the bridges from the firth then a visit to an island with a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Lovely little island in the forth

My friends & I visited this lovely little island. We took the boat trip from south Queensferry to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
+44 7836 265146

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Really great boat trip seeing the bridges from the firth then a visit to an island with a fascinating history.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friends & I visited this lovely little island. We took the boat trip from south Queensferry to the island. We purchased the tickets on the boat to allow us to land on the island. We enjoyed wandering around the castle, exploring all the Neuks...More

Thank Kweeni26
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on the boat trip from Pier to Inchcolm Very well kept grounds and lots to read see do It is a fun activity with the history of the Island on hand to read try to do a picnic thing in warm weather Lots of...More

Thank Trevor S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place for family outings , ancient buildings safe for children , good beaches , lovely atmosphere

Thank Mary m
Reviewed 7 November 2017

The abbey almost fills this tiny island in the Forth. It's surrounded across the water by towns and the city of Edinburgh, there are planes in the sky overhead, and tankers and shipping pass by. But because it's not instantly accessible you can begin to...More

Thank duisdeil
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Took a boat trip to Inchcolm but was disappointed to learn that upon arrival, we were too late to get off the boat so could not look around the island or the abbey. We were told it was worth getting off the boat for but...More

1  Thank ThisIsMyOpinion2
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Hurry and visit this stunning place. We booked the 3 bridges tour from the Lothian travel shop and got picked up by the bus at the allocated time from the bridge. We then took the boat and chose to buy a six pounds person landing...More

1  Thank myfunnybones
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

This is one of my most favourite places. Take a picnic and enjoy a few hrs just chilling, or take a walk around the island. But do make sure to wrap up for the boat trip as it can be cold in. The middle of...More

Thank Sue N
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Island looks great will visit in summer boat trip was super. Pulled up alongside jetty to let people off we had only booked cruise so will change next time

Thank jsM4578PI
Reviewed 15 October 2017

There is a guide book available at the little shop but the best way to find out about the island is by booking a tour with the Incholm Walking Guide, Mark. This is available via the Maid of the Forth boat trip. The island has...More

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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.