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“Family day out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey
| Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: David I established a priory here which became an abbey in 1235. It is now the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. The island is famed for its seals, wildlife and coastal defences from two World Wars.Inchcolm means 'Columba's Isle', though the 'Iona of the east' has no known link with St Columba. The island is dominated by its dramatically located abbey complex, comprising the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. The Augustinian canons settled here in the early 12th century, enjoying the island's isolation and tranquility. However, its location in the Firth of Forth also made it a target for English naval raids throughout the wars with England from the 14th to the mid-16th century. The brethren increasingly spent more time ashore in Fife. After the Protestant Reformation of 1560 brought monastic life to an end, the island continued to serve in the defence of the country right up to the Second World War. The island's remains testify to this history of conflict as well as the history of the medieval church in Scotland. The abbey must be reached by boat from South Queensferry.
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“Family day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Setting off from South Queensferry we left the frenzy of the Festival behind to enjoy a wonderful time sailing the Firth of Forth to the Island of Inchcolm .
We felt we were miles away from cities the views delightful of Edinburgh and the Lothians and the Kingdom of Fife
Wandering among the ruins ,clambering over rocks ,paddling through the waves on a sunny day was delightful
The children with us played happily outside but also found great fun in the ruins
A wonderful day out for the family....mind you we did have a sunny day!

Visited August 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

atmospheric almost complete ruin - see details of whole trip on my Maid of the Forth review.
Lots of nooks and crannies to exlore but the stairs to the tower are very narrow and steep - if you can make it the views are excellent.

Visited October 2012
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“A hidden Forth delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

worth a trip on the Maid of the Forth for this alone. Atmospheric island abbey. Can be accessed by boat trip from S Queensferry. On a nice day, a top experience.

Visited May 2012
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“A hidden treasure on the Firth of Forth”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Took the Ferry from Hawes Pier at South Queensferry for a wonderful sail out under the Forth Railway Bridge with a running commentary along the Firth of Forth to Historic Scotland's Inchcolm Abbey and Island. Make sure you take the ferry that lets you visit the island for 1 1/2 hours.The island has a pathway letting you see many of the relics of WW 1 & 2 where up to 500 soldiers were posted to guard the seaways. The Abbey / Monastery goes back to the 1100s to the time of St Colm. There is a good visitor centre but unfortunately no place to get food or drinks so bring your own or purchase them on the ferry.

Visited October 2012
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“At long last!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

I had wanted to go there for a long, long time. It is certainly well worth a visit. Best to visit on a good day. The boat trip can be quite chilly. Don't be afraid to sit inside. Take photographs of the bridges from top deck then go inside if you are cold.

Visited July 2012
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