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“amazing great day” 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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“amazing great day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Best day i have had great for children of all ages lovely island lovely building also lots of room to sit and have a picnic with family also amazing architectural building to be in photographers paradise for taking photos boat trip to the island is also fun going under the bridge so if your looking for a great and lovely
day out with kids or couples its a great place for anybody of any age who just want a relaxing day would defiantly recommend this island.

Visited July 2012
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“Abbey on the river”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Nice wee trip from south-queensferry to the abbey on the boat on sunny day to my knowledge only abbey in scotland on major river historicly intrestingalso available for weddings.

Visited July 2012
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“Love it !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Took the ferry across to inchcolm island from south queensferry. Was a great journey across and refreshing just sitting back and enjoying all the wants of the water just swishing away. (not great if you are seasick like lady on our trip lol) but really nice and relaxing for me. Loads of great pictures can be taken, good fun for my son who said he was away on adventure. Once you get there you are on the island for sometime couple hours at least so wise to make sure you have warm clothing as it is Scotland after all lol. Seeing the abbey is very interesting and good fun for little ones to explore. Then you have the beach but just be cautious as the birds on the island can be a bit annoying. Nice to take lovely packed lunch and just relax, nice day out and good to get away from hustle and bustle of the city to just take it easy. Defo be back.

Visited August 2012
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“Lovely atmospheric place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We took a boat trip and stopped on the island for a couple of hours to explore and picnic. Although it rained (well it is Scotland) the day was amazing. The abbey is well worth a visit and the boat trip to it was fabulous. Regardless of the weather you will love it.

Visited July 2012
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“Lovely boat trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

It was a cold day out and nowhere to shelter so take warm clothing and waterproof things too. Well worth it though and would recommend it to families as well.

Visited June 2012
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