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Address: | Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 447836265146
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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David I established a priory here which became an abbey in 1235. It is now...

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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We took a very pleasant boat trip to Incholme island seeing seals on the way. The abbey was stunningly beautiful and an idyllic peacefull location you could almost feel the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took a very pleasant boat trip to Incholme island seeing seals on the way. The abbey was stunningly beautiful and an idyllic peacefull location you could almost feel the peacefulness emanating from the earth.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took the Maid of the Forth out of South Queensferry to Inchcolm Abbey. The Abbey itself is great. You can walk and climb throughout the building. We took a picnic lunch with us and relaxed outside on one of the benches. The Island also have WWI and II batteries and you can take a great walk around the Island... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took the Grandchildren on the boat from South Queensferry. The sail out is as interesting as the island itself. The History coupled with the Biodiversity just says it all

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went with two friends the second week of August. We were speechless for the beauty, the picturesque and peace of the place. We spent an hour and half on the island..It's wonderful. In the way back the sea was quite agitated but everything was okay! I do recommend this experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I traveled to Inchcolm Island today from South Queensferry via the Maid of the Fourth. The island is stunning, with amazing views from every point. The Abbey and island are immaculately cared for by the wonderful custodians. I highly recommend this as a easy, short day trip from Edinburgh. It's perfect for a relaxing day away from the crowds in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

After three trips to Edinburgh, I had seen most of the usual tourist spots and was eager to get away from the city. My friends and I took the sightseeing tour to Inchcolm Island one morning - it was lovely to go somewhere peaceful away from the busyness and tourists in the city center. Gorgeous setting! The hour and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Through Edinburgh Bus Tours, in partnership with Forth Boat Tours, we did the Forth Bridges Bus & Boat Tour, which has the option to disembark at Inchcolm Abbey. This trip is a must if you like a bit of a sail and are interested in history. The bus tour itself was excellent; there are headphones available on the bus to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The ferry trip in itself was great, under the bridge and past where the seals take a break, one of the crew members on the boat pointed out the seals! The boat parks up at the island, all the time commentary is going so you learn all about things on the route and the island itself. Island is bigger than... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

went on bus and boat trip was out 5 hrs so worth the money was a great trip saw the seals nothing much but an abbey on the island need a coffee shop

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the 90 minute stop here to run around exploring and have a picnic. The site is informative and in a beautiful setting. The small beach is nice too. Staff very friendly.

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