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Inchcolm Abbey and Island

| Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
+44 7836 265146
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Nice visit in good weather

To get to the island you need to book a boat trip around the 3 bridges, which is nice in its own... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tony S
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Do not miss this trip

I've done this sail before and wasn't disappointed. This time we went with friends from Devon... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Barbara C
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Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. It was the dream of Alexander I to establish a monastery on the island after he sheltered on it during a storm. But following his death, it was his brother David I who invited Augustinian canons to establish a priory, which was later given full abbey status. The abbey has a dramatic location which you can see from the boat before you arrive on the island. The medieval stone screens inside the belltower are rare survivals of medieval church fixtures and the 13th century well-painting is a rare medieval fresco. The island is also famed for its seals, wildlife and coastal defences from the two world wars.
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| Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

To get to the island you need to book a boat trip around the 3 bridges, which is nice in its own right. The boat stops at the island approximately every 90 minutes, which is enough time to see the whole island. The church is...More

Thank Tony S
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I've done this sail before and wasn't disappointed. This time we went with friends from Devon. Weather was great.stopped off at inchcolm island. What a beautiful place this is. So peaceful and quiet. There's a small beach and picnic tables/benches to eat your packed lunch....More

Thank Barbara C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a cruise by Maid of Forth and opted to stop at Inchcolm Island. Take a pair of binoculars to see the birds and the seals from the boat. Since I had an Explorer Pass, the entry to the abbey was free. Make sure...More

Thank Love-travel-NYker
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cruise here from Hawes Pier is nice, and the island is a great spot for a picnic on a sunny day. We we blessed with clear weather, and the views of Edinburgh were fantastic. Be sure to check out the acoustics in the hexagonal...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the Maid of the Forth Boat trip from Hawes Pier and get off at Incholm Abbey and island. You have 90 minutes to explore the island. Small gift shop (sells cold drinks and crisps) - sadly no cafe but you can get a hot...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did the Forth boat tour to Inchcolm and the three bridges, and really enjoyed it. The boat is very cute, and the captain is very informative. Inchcolm is a really cool place to check out if you like nature walks and medieval architecture.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent value for boat trip to Inchcolm Abbey in Forth with Maid of the Forth leaving from South Queensferry. Good for everyone. No cafe on island (wee shop selling crisps and soft drinks) so do take picnic and flask.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to do something different on this trip to Edinburgh and found this advertisement to Inchcolm. A nice boat ride by the Firth of Forth drops you off on the island with some of the best ruins I've seen in Scotland. You spend a...More

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Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

We wanted to spend some time outside of the city and this little island came in handy. The boats take off from South Queensferry which is only 15 min away by train from Edinburgh main train station. Island is small and 1h 30min makes a...More

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Reviewed April 13, 2018

Truly amazing visit. this tiny little island is packed with so much history both recent WW2 and ancient. the abbey is very picturesque, take photos by the bin load. You can come to see the wildlife from seals to gulls. Abbey to bunkers and a...More

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katt f
April 13, 2018|
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Response from Kweeni26 | Reviewed this property |
We went in September which was probably after the nesting season and didn’t have any problems with seagulls.
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Lisa F
June 2, 2017|
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Response from l-a-christie | Reviewed this property |
A couple of hours would be fine to see everything but if it is a nice day you may want to spend more time, the beach is actually very sheltered. There are toilets and a tea-room although we took a picnic that the seagulls... More
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Maureen A
July 22, 2016|
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Response from ian1811 | Reviewed this property |
Best to book in advance. You can just turn up but if it is busy you may not get on?
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