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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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Great staff, Priory and wildlife

Excellent Historic Scotland staff both on and off the Island. Wonderful Priory ruins and beautiful bluebells. Enhanced by the sightings of 2 ospreys on the boat trip back. I would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Excellent Historic Scotland staff both on and off the Island. Wonderful Priory ruins and beautiful bluebells. Enhanced by the sightings of 2 ospreys on the boat trip back. I would LOVE TO VISIT AGAIN.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Lovely, peaceful setting and the boat ride over with the informative guide was most enjoyable. Small shop on the island with gifts, food and drink you can buy but why not take your own and picnic in the grounds. Lots to see and very well preserved, worth taking a stroll around the grounds. You can probably do the whole trip... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A wonderful site. Pleasurable from the time we caught the ferry, chatting away with the guide, to our departure. Very informative and absolutely magical place. I have placed photos on my website - http://www.traceyannemccartney.com/places-in-books.php

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

On a sunny day a visit there is a joy. Even for kids who will find a boat trip to the island exhilarating, I am sure. It takes a bit of time to get to the jetty of Port Menteith (tiny spot with a restaurant and a car park) along winding Scottish country lanes but the views on the way... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

After many visits to the area we finally got round to making the trip to visit the island. We went over on the first ferry of the day and had the island to ourselves. It was a lovely sunny day and the birds were in full song. We weren't lucky enough to see the squirrels, otters or osprey but we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

A short boat ride across the Lake of Mentieth takes you to the island with Inchmahome Priory. It is a small island with the ruined Priory as its heart. Go early with a view to being alone or nearly so in order to enjoy the history and nature of this wonderful place in relative peace. Great place for sketching.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We were disappointed that on a Saturday (7th March) the boat trip was not running to the island that the Priory is on. Thus this is not a review, but just a wee warning to check that the boat is running before making a special trip (as we did) from somewhere else in Loch Lomand area.

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ByHistoricScotland, Manager at Inchmahome Priory, responded to this review

Inchmahome Priory is one of our summer sites and is open April - October every year with first outward sailing at 10am. You can find opening dates and times for all our sites on our website www.historic-scotland.org.uk/places or on the Historic Scotland App which is free to download More 

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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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