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“How refreshing!”

Inchcolm Abbey and Island
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 20, 2014

What a lovely trip and an effective antidote to the Fringe crowds, it was so refreshing to visit a place unspoiled by signs, ropes, fences and which simply relies on a bit of common sense from its visitors. Staff on "Maid of the Forth" were very helpful and pointed out lots of extra sights in addition to the standard commentary. We picnicked on the island (take food!) and explored the abbey to our hearts' content, but could have done with another 30 minutes to an hour to fully enjoy all the little nooks and crannies around the WW2 features. We all enjoyed the varied history of the island and the teenagers learned a valuable lesson about keeping away from baby birds! Great day, superb views.

2  Thank Jay517
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Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Sitting here right now waiting for the return boat. This a must depart from queensferry. Take some food as it is a great place to have a picnic.

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Reviewed August 18, 2014

lovely ferry ride on the maid of the forth. we had thought we might not get off at Inchcolm but so glad we decided to! We all enjoyed going round the abbey and strolling along the beach - well worth the visit!!

1  Thank annette s
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Reviewed August 12, 2014

Has a visitor centre and shop but not much else for shelter if it rains. Lots of interesting walking paths with ww2 stuff in abundance. Ruins are well kept and you can spend a good few hours enjoying what`s on offer. We went with children who enjoyed roaming about the island.

2  Thank David S
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

What a beautiful Island so close to the mainland but still very peaceful, well worth a visit, the boat trip makes it very interesting.

1  Thank Jim A
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