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Inchmahome Priory

near Port of Menteith, FK8 3RA, Scotland
+44 1877 385294
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Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Set on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome is an idyllically-situated Augustinian monastery dating from 1238. Much of the 13th century... more » Owner description: Set on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome is an idyllically-situated Augustinian monastery dating from 1238. Much of the 13th century building remains. There is a wide range of plant and wildlife on the island.The enchanting ruins of Inchmahome Priory grace the largest of three islands in the Lake of Menteith. The priory was established around 1238 by a small community of Augustinian canons. Their founder and patron was Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith, whose residence stood on the adjacent island of Inch Talla. The secluded location offered the brethren isolation from the secular world, and tranquillity in which to carry out the worship of God. The island sanctuary functioned for over 300 years, offering solace not only to the canons but also royal visitors. King Robert Bruce visited three times, and Mary Queen of Scots once, in 1547, when she was five. In 1560, the Protestant Reformation effectively brought monastic life at Inchmahome to an end. « less
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My Family went here on one of our glorious Scottish sunny days( rare we know). This was a perfect adventure for their age group and all enjoyed the boat trip and exploring the island. Take your picnic here if it`s sunny and enjoy the views. Hard to believe on a sunny day that this where the famous "Bonspiel" takes place... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We were staying above the Lake of Menteith so thought we would go across and take a look at this. Very interesting and a lovely tranquille spot -- I bet it was pretty bleak in the winter when it was actually a priory though. Nice views back across the lake. It won't take you long, but a worthwhile visit and... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

After many out of season visits to the Lake of Menteith we eventually succeeded in satisfying our curiosity about Inchmahome Island. The short ferry trip in the sunshine was a pleasant start to our visit. The guide shared her knowledge about the area as we headed to the island. The visitor centre has worksheets for children to complete to keep... More

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Ashbourne, Derbyshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is an amazing experience. A tiny island in Scotlands only lake, with a beautiful ruined priory. Very, very peaceful. You have to take a little ferry which you call by turning a board around on a jetty, doesn't seem likely but all of a sudden a little boat arrives. It was free for as as we are English Heritage... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We visited here with our 5 year old son and took a picnic with us . The island is just so beautiful and has such a peaceful feel about it . We had a picnic and fed the ducks too. The priory ruins are so interesting . Special thanks to Emma , one of the staff who was so helpful.... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We just happened to make an unplanned stop at Inchmahome on our travels and we were pleasantly surprised. We walked out on the pier and the boat driver greeted us with enthusiasm and drove across the Lake of Mentieth to Inchmahome Island, where the ruined priory is located. She was very knowledgable about the history of the island and we... More

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Barre, VT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The trip to Inchmahome was a delight from beginning to end. We walked to the end of the dock to summon the boat and were surprised to find Patrick dozing in the boat. Needless to say...the first of May was not the busy season...we didn't have to wait at all for our trip across the water. We had fantastic weather... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We were driving through the area on our way to callandar and saw signs for the priory, deciding on stopping to investigate; we were glad we did. A small boat trip across the lake to this beautiful spot and the ruins of the old priory. What better place to sit, rest and take time out of life. We saw a... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is a Historic Scotland property. It was our second visit to the priory and we love the small island, and priory ruins. The employees are very knowledgable and friendly. If you go Mid-May the island is full of bluebells. The pathways around the island may not at all times be easy access. When you arrive at the parking lot... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

This lovely island is very peaceful and beautiful, with lots of bird life - including very tame nesting swans when we visited. The boat trip was most enjoyable and the staff friendly and helpful.

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