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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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As a foreigner visiting Scotland, I would count this as one of the most romantic (in the purest sense of the word) experiences. For a start you have to go across the lake of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

As a foreigner visiting Scotland, I would count this as one of the most romantic (in the purest sense of the word) experiences. For a start you have to go across the lake of Menteith in a boat that carries only 12 people at a time, an adventure by itself. Then you enter this island with its striking ruins of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful ruins of a priory that really helped demonstrate the power of isolation. Visitors take a ferry across from the Port of Mentieth in groups of 12, so the grounds did not feel crowded when my group of 8 were there. The priory has informative displays and visitors are encouraged to wander the island at their own pace. The ferrymen... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The most amazing tranquil place I have ever visited. There is a huge amount to look at and a very informative guide book. There are soooo many things to do in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs but this is one thing you should not miss. The boat ride over adds to the charm. A walk around the island is also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Caught the last boat trip of the day, with our small dog, a last minute decision but well worth it. Very peaceful when we got there with an excellent little shop. Had a lovely walk round the island which only took 15 mins. Staff v friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Excellent experience yet again came here about 2yrs ago when kids really enjoyed walking round the island. They still like it and exploring all the area and they can wait to go back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Waited at the jetty and a small power boat came after 5 minutes. A polite tour guide was on board and a shirt but very scenic and enjoyable boat ride to the island. On the island are a gift/coffee shop and rustic toilets.polite shop staff. Priory very interesting and factual information on plaques to read. You can also have a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The ten minute boat ride makes this a bit of fun. The interpretation signage is informative without being a chore to read. The staff can't do enough for you. It's a quiet and relaxing spot. Make sure you visit if you are in the Trossachs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A fascinating place to visit. Staff were informative, welcoming and friendly, especially our ferryman!

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The priory is situated on an island which is only reachable by a short boat trip. The price if the boat is included within the entrance fee. There is no timetable for the boat Just turn up and up the boat is not there you can request via visual board. Location is stunning and very peaceful . The priory is... More 

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East Preston, United Kingdom
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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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