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

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Reviewed 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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

Thank Ficyply
Reviewed 1 week ago

The title says everything. Beautiful place, immerse in nature and history. A small island with a long and interesting history. A place of peace and serenity. Absolutely unmissable!

1  Thank Matteo B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Boat trip out to the island with comfort, bar and great commentary on features across the Forth set the scene for the beauty of the island The abbey is in an excellent state of preservation giving you a real sense of what life would have...More

Thank Stuart J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent afternoon sailing down the River Forth and out to Inchcolm Island. The boat trip alone is worth the effort; however, Inchcolm Island is spectacular and well worth a visit. Your 90 minutes will fly past. Highly recommended. We are already planning a retrun...More

Thank scottmckenzie1964
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took visitors to Scptland to see this attraction . I live in Scotland and find this is one of the more popular places to take visitors

Thank linhughes6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Maid of the Forth trip to Inchcolm Abbey last week. It was a well-spent day in spite of the rain. Most difficult was reaching the boat. We took the train to Dalmaney and then found out it was several miles to the...More

Thank grana103
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I absolutely loved the excursion to Inchcolm Island ! It's breathtaking, scenic, majestic, typically what I came to see in Scotland. The abbey is mysterious and gloomy : perfect ! However after a while it started raining a lot, and there's nothing do to there...More

Thank Elisa Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The island is small, and we enjoyed exploring and finding things out for ourselves. So without giving to much away, l would definitely recommend a trip. Book your boat trip through Maid of the Forth.

Thank Breaks2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all you have 2 boat trip choices. Either will charge you about 14L per adult not counting admission to the island which is by another organization. Get your trip tickets in advance and depending on the vendor disregard that they will ship the...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.