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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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Its an hour drive from Glasgow . Thanks to our Satnav which took us to this small parking by mistake. We parked our car & then walked out of a small unattended Reception hut which leads us to a small Green Water lake shore where a boat with very friendly staff comes every 10 minutes To & Fro to take... More

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Strathaven, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Beautifully set on a small wooded island in the middle of a lake, the priory is steeped in history. With the original chapel partially intact and roofed chapter house, you can get a good sense of what it might have been like to be a prior here. The island can be muddy so good sturdy shoes are recommended and warm... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Beautiful place to visit, lovely boat ride across to the island. Very picturesque, especially on a sunny day. A real must see place, don't miss out, all our family enjoyed it, including the dog :-)

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This was the highlight of our holiday in Stirlingshire. Beautiful countryside with so much history. Fantastic loch. The boat ride was excellent, With 4 kids and a dog, we were made to feel very welcome. The walk around the island takes about 30 mins and another hour to see the ruins etc. it would be a nice place to reflect... More

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Lovely 10 minute or so boat trip across the Lake of Menteith. 2 small x 12 seater boats in operation. To make the most of the island best to see it in sunshine I think. Ruined priory with some boards explaining the history and you can also do a short walk around the island. Toilets and small shop. Ideal spot... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is a lovely trip for a sunny day in Scotland. This is an interesting ruin in the middle of Scotland's only lake. However, I could not really recommend it on a rainy day. Luckily, we did have beautiful day and a nice ride over on the small ferry. The location is beautiful but I'm sure life was hard for... More

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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

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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