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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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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 Magical Island

We were lucky to visit on a very sunny day and so although we had a long wait for the boat it was worth it to spend such a magical time on this beautiful Island.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were lucky to visit on a very sunny day and so although we had a long wait for the boat it was worth it to spend such a magical time on this beautiful Island.

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Takoma Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Inchmahome is such perfection--it's off the beaten path, beautiful, isolated in a lake and requiring a boat trip to get there, fascinatingly and romantically ruined, easy to see in one trip, architecturally interesting, and overall a truly special place. It's all outdoors, from the boat trip to the priory to the wooded island, so come prepared for the weather. [Note:... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We drove over 60 miles on a beautiful day, having checked the website first for closures, and discovered when we arrived a terse and unhelpful sigh on the locked car park gates, saying closed today and maybe tomorrow. The Hotelier next door said this happened several times last week to his customers, again with no apology or reason for the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

love how you have to go by boat to there, beautiful and chilling place, no a lot to see but just so peaceful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

A small Jewel sitting in the middle of lake of Menteith. Pleasant 5 min boat journey giving spectacular views of the lake and then stepping onto a small island immaculately looked after by History Scotland. Why not do as we did and take a picnic.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Brilliant staff and a wonderful visit. An interesting building on a serene island. Saw ospreys as well.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

this is a hidden gem well worth a couple of hours visit if you are in the area. Included in the ticket is the boat ride from the mainland to the island on the lake of Menteith which takes about 7 minutes each way. The boat runs back and forth all day so theres not long to wait. On the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

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

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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