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“Well worth the trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey
Inchcolm Island, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 331 5000
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Type: Historic Sites
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Fee: Yes
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 tranquillity. 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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“Well worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Loved the Abbey and the surrounds. Dress warmly, though, as one will be on the island for quite sometime before the ferry returns to pick you up.

Visited April 2012
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“Wonderful gem in the Forth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I took the ferry from South Queensferry for a trip to Inchcolm Island. The abbey is a wonderfully preserved medieval complex. Wel worth the visit! The birdlife on the island is also very fascinating but the birds can act a little like a scene out of the famous Hitchcock movie, so beware if they are nesting.

Visited July 2012
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“Fantastic Walk/Scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Beautiful place to go walking for peace and quiet and also to enjoy some stunning views!

Would recommend to everyone, beautiful regardless of the weather!

Visited October 2012
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“Inchcolm”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

You can only get there by boat from South Quensferry during the summer months. The trip itself is interesting and the seals are charming. The abbey itself is ok but 15 minutes and you have seen it. The boat trip itself is more interesting in my opinion

Visited August 2012
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“Good on a Sunny Day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Lovely Island with plenty of photo opportunities on the way out and back.
Avoid on a wet and windy day.

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