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Inchcolm Abbey and Island

| Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
+44 7836 265146
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
+44 7836 265146

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I took the ferry from Hawes Pier (S. Queensferry) and participated in the walking tour. Although it was a cool day the weather was dry. The trip from the pier to the island was really interesting and the tour guide informative, providing a history of...More

Thank QSu800
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visitors are dependent upon one of two commercial boat operators to get to this Historic Scotland site unless you have your own vessel in which case there is a jetty. We accessed via the Maid of the Forth from South Queensferry (adults £20 or £14...More

Thank Rantin rover
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the island for 90 mins as part of the 3 boats tour - well worth the extra £6 to visit. We were amazed at how much of the Abbey was accessible - with stairwells leading all over the place. Great fun - and then...More

Thank Benita_and_Peter
Reviewed 1 week ago

Historical and stunning- really a must see trip when you visit Edinburgh or surrounding area. There are many weddings that take place on this island and you can see understand why. Wonderful pictures if you get a sunny day! Just don't visit when the gulls...More

Thank Fae M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited and spend a couple of hours with a picnic on incolm island . The island is beautiful and we had great fun exploring the abbey . The views are brilliant with lovely little beaches. Great for a family day out

Thank Sammy H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very lovely island and seeing the sea birds and seals was brilliant. It was very quiet and a brilliant place for a picnic. If you are visiting be sure to know it does get very windy! One thing we were disappointed about was how narrow...More

Thank Turntsnaco
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Each time I have gone it has rained a little but it was still very enjoyable. Make sure you have your walking shoes on. Tight squeeze going up the tower but made it. Brilliant view. Everyone should do it at least once.

Thank Helen C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Caught the 3 hour ferry from Queensferry wonderful views peaceful tranquility. Like going back in time Wildlife seals and puffins Highly recommend

Thank Janet O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit, recommend getting off the boat to explore the island and abbey....please note the shop only sells soft drinks and chocolate bars so if you want food/coffee etc ....take it with you Saw seals very close to the beach, fab...views from top...More

Thank Mopsies
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took a boat cruise on Maid of the Forth, and spent 90 minutes exploring the island. It was like walking through an old video game called Myst - ruins of WWII fortifications, an ancient abbey, seagull breeding grounds, sandy beach. It was well worth...More

Thank Niki D
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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
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?
May 31, 2016|
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Response from TartanWanderer | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. I am from Edinburgh originally and I am not aware that there are any Puffins here. If you have been told that there are then I am obviously wrong. When I was there I didn't see any - sorry.