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Inchcolm Abbey

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Address: Inchcolm Island, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1383 823332
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: David I established a priory here which became an abbey in 1235. It is now...
David I established a priory here which became an abbey in 1235. It is now the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. The island is famed for its seals, wildlife and coastal defences from two World Wars.Inchcolm means 'Columba's Isle', though the 'Iona of the east' has no known link with St Columba. The island is dominated by its dramatically located abbey complex, comprising the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. The Augustinian canons settled here in the early 12th century, enjoying the island's isolation and tranquility. However, its location in the Firth of Forth also made it a target for English naval raids throughout the wars with England from the 14th to the mid-16th century. The brethren increasingly spent more time ashore in Fife. After the Protestant Reformation of 1560 brought monastic life to an end, the island continued to serve in the defence of the country right up to the Second World War. The island's remains testify to this history of conflict as well as the history of the medieval church in Scotland. The abbey must be reached by boat from South Queensferry.
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Have stayed in Edinburgh and always fancied coming here but just never got round to it, last year we were planning our wedding and did think of having it on the island but with it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Have stayed in Edinburgh and always fancied coming here but just never got round to it, last year we were planning our wedding and did think of having it on the island but with it being February did not want to risk it. Finally today we went over and it was fantastic, walking around the island and the in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If the weather is nice, worth stopping off to have a look around; it stops the boat trip being over too quickly, and the abbey itself is pretty interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Great place for a day out and historic place to wander around because the Abbey and Island are magical but You must take your camera.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Despite the blustery, showery day we enjoyed our visit to the Abbey immensely. The information boards dotted around explained the interesting history of the place and brought it to life. On stepping off the boat the first thing that hits you is the noise of the gulls and we were warned that because they had young we shouldn't stray off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This boat trip & island explore was a perfect birthday gift. We Recommend Forth Boat Tours group had a brilliant trip very informative, the island was amazing seeing the old war buildings & the wildlife especially the seals absolutely loves them even bought a teddy seal as a souvenir! The gift shop had very reasonable prices & the couple maintaining... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It is a very interesting old building which is relatively easy to get around. There are explanations as to what the various rooms were used for. Nowadays you can book it for weddings. There are various other old wartime buildings and tunnels on the island but as previous reviews have said the seagulls make this somewhat hazardous. You get around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We travelled to the abbey on forth boat tours from Queensferry - no problems with the boat which has a great cafe for snacks and drinks en route to and from the island. The island itself is splendid - you're allowed to roam wherever you want, with only the seagulls limiting access. The abbey is more intact than you might... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I took the Maid of the Forth over to visit Inchcolm Island. You can only visit via with with this boat company or Forth Tours. Since it is an Historic Scotland site you will be charged (as part of the tour price) an extra fee, unless you hold a Historic Scotland membership. No dogs allowed as it is a nesting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Inchcolm abbey on the Inchcolm island is an interesting place to visit (need to take the ferry costs £5.60 for an adult ticket), its full of history and heritage, the walls and some ancient paintings about monks will bring back the history before your eyes. It’s also interesting to see how they used this Abbey formerly for prayers and later... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We took the Forth Bridge Boat tour and paid to get off at the island. We spent 1 1/2 hours exploring the beautiful ruins of the Abbey and had brought a picnic lunch. We sat at one of the picnic tables overlooking the water. It is a beautiful ruin but enough stands so that you can explore inside. The boat... More 

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Address: Inchcolm Island, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1383 823332
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh  >  South Queensferry

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