Went to Inchcolm Abbey today. Took a bus (number 43) from Edinburgh to Queensferry stop Police Station. Walked the few minutes to the pier entrance and then took the Maid of the Forth ferry boat over to the island. Ferry ride was about 45 minutes and was pleasant and convenient. The staff was very pleasant as well. The bathrooms on the ferry were the cleanest I've ever seen on any ferry boat - a very nice surprise. They have food and drink for sale on the boat if you so wish.
We then spent 90 minutes exploring the abbey and all of its buildings. There is much to see. The only downside to the island is the tremendous number of birds (gulls) flying all over it but if you can ignore them you should be fine - they are just very noisy.
This is a great picnic spot and lots of people brought a lunch basket with them - as we did - and the ferry boat returned as scheduled for our return trip.
Such a lovely place to explore and an even lovelier place to spend a beautiful summer day.
If you are a member of Historic Scotland - and I would recommend joining - then you only have to pay for the ferry boat ride and not for the landing on the island since Inchcolm Abbey is included in your package.
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