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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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I love visiting the Abbey. So interesting to explore. Well priced for Ferry trip and island admittance. Often will see seabirds, seals, and other creatures on the trip to and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I love visiting the Abbey. So interesting to explore. Well priced for Ferry trip and island admittance. Often will see seabirds, seals, and other creatures on the trip to and from the island. The island itself is quiet, containing pieces of history - from the abbey and monks cottage to war-time battlements. It is a birds nesting ground, so the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Inchcolm Abbey and Island provides an excellent day out but please note, it's not in Edinburgh or anywhere near Edinburgh. It sits off the Fife Coast and is serviced by pleasure boats out of South Queensferry.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A really enjoyable bus and boat tour, we got the bus in Edinburgh for a tour from Edinburgh to Queensferry, then on to the ferry to Inchcolm, the Island is lovely, The Abbey Beautiful great family outing. we would go back again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Really fun boat ride and interesting walk around. Even if you're not so interested in the history it's a beautiful building and if that's not your thing then there is also great views of the city, Fife and the bridges.

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Angus, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Family trip on Maid of the Forth. Lots to see and do. 5 year old loved exploring the winding staircases and dark alcoves. Fantastic afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Great location and the ferry trip to the island is a treat too since you get to see the Forth Bridges up close.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The island was quite scenic, but I will say if you're not a fan of seagulls there are plenty of areas you would have to avoid. The buildings are quite well preserved and it was quite useful to read the plaques to know what each area/room was used for. There were also areas for sitting down if you wanted to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

It is a peaceful island with lots of seabirds and an abbey. so plenty to see for nature buffs and history buffs,or those who just want to experience tranquility

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I would recommend everyone to visit Inchcolm Abbey while in Edinburgh! We had such a lovely time its really worth every penny. We caught a ferry from South Queensferry to the island which took around about 30 mins. Along the way we could see Edinburgh's coast, some other islands and wildlife too. We were told by the ferry's captain that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The boat ride alone is worth it as you get a great view of the bridges. The abbey itself is a fascinating and historical place with a lovely peaceful ambience.

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Address: 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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