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“a lovely day”
Review of Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
leven, fife, scotland
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“a lovely day”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

We took our young granddaughters to the Island on the Maid of the Loch. They loved the boat trip and exploring the island so much that they immediately wanted to go back again. They loved the beach, the 'mountains', the Abbey, climbing the rocks and especially the seal sightings. They were even inspired enough to take photos of the rail bridge. We'd been there on our own before taking the girls (aged 5 and 2) and it seems we'll need to visit a third time now. Well worth a few visits.

Visited September 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Like the Hebrides just off Edinburgh”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

On a sunny day (which we had) this is an absolute delight. The oat trip starts your adventure and the Abbey itself completes it. The island itself is small and interesting with its war relics and bird life, and protected beaches. If you are visiting Edinburgh in summer this is a must do day out. Finish off with dinner at South Queensferry and you can't go wrong.

Visited August 2013
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Edinburgh
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“wedding venue”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

a return trip is planned very soon. The island is stunning, the boaqt journey very pleasant and a place steeped in history.

Visited September 2013
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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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“Worth every minute!”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

We planned to visit this island for our last day in Edinburgh and it meant to miss some other attractions. Well, it was a good decision, worth every minute spent there. The island itself is not big but truly magical and it has a lot to offer as you can visit the well preserved abbey and watch seals in their natural habitat. We saw a baby seal which was just five days old that time and we totally forgot about cold wind and chilly weather.

Visited September 2013
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant day out”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Went yesterday for the 2nd time in a year. Me and my son loved it just as much the 2nd time. There was a wedding at the abbey with a piper which made for a brilliant atmosphere. Combine that with more seals than you can imagine to see at the one time and it made for a magical trip. If you havent been please go, you won't be disappointed:-)

Visited September 2013
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