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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 August 3, 2016

A lot to explore in 90 minutes. Managed to see most of it. Some very steep narrow stairs up to the bell tower, but worth the view.

Thank HUGH C
Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

We all had a blast exploring the island. The 90 minute stop off is the perfect amount of time to get lost amongst the ruins of the abbey and even enjoy a picnic. We were fortunate to have a sunny day but even with that...More

Thank Emilywmiller
Reviewed August 2, 2016

Inchcolm is a stop on the Forth Bridges Bus and Boat Tour. Boarded the bus at Waverly Station and didn't expect the guided tour to the ferry, so a nice surprise. Lots of information in several languages. Same for the ferry boat tour. You have...More

Thank HCBB1234
Reviewed August 2, 2016

Beautiful wee island, kids loved it and it was a fabby day out! Will definitely return in the future.

Thank GinaAlcock
Reviewed August 1, 2016

What a wonderful day spent here, exceptional weather helped visit but really any day would be great to visit a truly fascinating place for history and wildlife. Engaging and friendly staff too

Thank Kirk W
Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Inchcolm is a great wee island and the abbey is fantastic. I had a great day out exploring my own backyard.

Thank eastbridgefive
Reviewed July 31, 2016

If you want to escape the noise of Edinburgh, a trip to Inchcolm Island in the Firth of Forth is recommended. A boat takes you past the three Forth Bridges to the beautiful island of Inchcolm where there is an option to disembark. The island...More

Thank Christine Y
Reviewed July 30, 2016

if you know anything about the turbulent history of the united kingdom, you will know that all the abbeys were dissolved, looted, burned and their land turned over to the king during the reformation. there were huge, beautiful abbeys all over the country...but they are...More

Thank lushchica
Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

When I told my two sons aged 13 and 8 we were going on a boat trip I was greeted with zero enthusiasm. Afterwards they both said they loved it. We all enjoyed seeing the seals, exploring the abbey and going under the three bridges....More

Thank Neil L
Reviewed July 27, 2016

Get away from the city on a short ferry ride to Inchcolm Island. View the 3 bridges over the Firth of Forth and see seals. Don't miss Gnome Island! The abbey is a well-preserved ruin. There are also ruined fortifications from WWI and WWII. Watch...More

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Lisa F
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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.