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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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Myself and a photographic colleague had been on a trip around the Trossachs National Park and decided to stop of and finish our journey at the Lake of Mentieth(which is not really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 29, 2014
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Rosyth Nr.Dunfermline
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Myself and a photographic colleague had been on a trip around the Trossachs National Park and decided to stop of and finish our journey at the Lake of Mentieth(which is not really a lake but probably was a slip of the Cardinals or Monks of the time elevating themselves to a point of grandeur) but this aside the weather was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We spent 12 days touring Scotland earlier this month and this was one of our favorite places! The Priory isn't as big or elaborate as the Abbys in the borders region, but it was beautiful and we loved the island. The ferry ride takes seven minutes (I love their system of turning the white panel towards the island so they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We had a lovely visit this autumn to Inchmahome Priory. It was quieter than summer and one boat was running, but the wait is not long. The boat runs on demand and takes about 7 minutes each way. The trip over is a lovely experience but come dressed for the weather as you will be more exposed to the elements... More 

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Visited last week on a sunny day, lovely boat ride over to the Island, with a friendly and informative guide. Surprised on how big the ruins of the priory were for such a small island, had a lovely walk round in total peace. Sat on one of the benches feeding fish which came readily to the bank, whilst watching the... More 

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Houston, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I thought this was a very interesting attraction, however at £17 for three adults I did not really feel there was great value for money. But it is worth a visit if you can spend quite a few hours there- we were in a hurry to get the last ferry home and only managed a 45 minute visit. Would be... More 

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

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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