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Inchmahome Priory

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Address: Port of Menteith, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK8 3RA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1877 385294
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Description: Set on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome is an...
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.
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A rainy day, but we enjoyed exploring the priory and the island and the ferryboat man John made it a very special trip for our two grandchildren who had never been on a boat before

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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East Preston, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

A rainy day, but we enjoyed exploring the priory and the island and the ferryboat man John made it a very special trip for our two grandchildren who had never been on a boat before

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Towcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Mum and I had a lovely, peaceful trip - even though it was raining for our return boat trip. The staff (volunteers?) were friendly and helpful. Would love to take a picnic and stay longer on a better day b

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This was a delightful experience full of history. We took the little boat across with Martin and he told us about some of the history of the priory. While we were there we saw mink, osprey and many other varieties of birds The island has a very special quality and engendered a real feeling of well being during our visit... More 

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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I visited last year and was that impressed I returned with my other half and 2 small children it all started with a lovely man on the boat getting the kids to make the boat go faster and told us all what else to look for (3 red wooden squirrels, a face in the stone wok and a time capsule)... More 

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Appin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

If you want a peaceful day, then this is the place to be. It starts with a boat ride (turn the signboard to white and wait on the dock if no one is there yet) over to Inchmahome Island. The boat takes 12 people and is available on demand. Mind that the last outward boat is about 45 minutes before... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Boat trip across to the island included in the admission charge. Once there the shop is small, as you would expect, but they offer teas and coffees and a reasonable range of gifts. The priory has plenty of information boards and there is a very reasonably priced guide book available. There are paths around and across the island and an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

well worth a trip to see,yeah it is just a ruin,but worth seeing,it takes about seven mins on boat to get to the island,there is no set time for leaving island,you can leave just about when you want. staff very friendly and helpfull. even worth it just for boat trip,especially on a lovely sunny day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Set in the middle of the Lake of Menteith the Abbey is only accessible by boat provided for free by Historic Scotland (Admission is £5.50 for an adult). It is truly idyllic with a tremendous peaceful atmosphere befitting a priory founded in early 1200's. Although it is only a ruin it conveys a spiritual ambiance which is not to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Enjoyed the boat trip across the loch and the visit to the ruined priory where Mary Queen of Scots once sought sanctuary

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

After a short boat rip you disembark on to the island. mainly grass with some ruins of the priory. Does not really take long to view unless you have a partiualar interest in prte-reformation life. The peace is the main feature but that is what you would expect with no-one else there. A once in a lifetime visit ie unlikely... More 

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Address: Port of Menteith, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK8 3RA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1877 385294
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park  >  Port of Menteith

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