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Inchcolm Abbey

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Address: | Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 447836265146
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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David I established a priory here which became an abbey in 1235. It is now...

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.

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Beautiful unspoilt island

Would definitely recommend a visit to this lovely island and abbey. Quite a cold day when we visited but still very enjoyable. The boat trip from South Queensferry was interesting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Would definitely recommend a visit to this lovely island and abbey. Quite a cold day when we visited but still very enjoyable. The boat trip from South Queensferry was interesting with points of interest and wild life being highlighted. With good weather it would be a great place for a picnic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've visited here twice, and would go again. On a sunny day, there is a wee beach you can paddle at, the abbey itself is lovely and has lots of nice stairwells and bits to explore. Theres a couple of little walks you can do on the island, which are short and manageable. Put together with the boat trip you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful little island with interesting history. If you go at seagull nesting time, make sure you take a helmet!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I took the ferry to Inchcolm island for afternoon trip. The abbey is great to explore and the WWII bunkers are cool (be careful!) to look around. Although we didn't see many puffins, in season there are many! Be careful of all the seagulls when they are breeding and take some water with you!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Inchcolm island is a must for anyone visiting the area, it is beautiful! The trip out to the island is leisurely and enjoyable too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved this trip, the atmosphere was amazing as was the boat trip to get there, the guide actually lives on the island which has not running water and has to be brought over,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Incholm Abbey is an interesting historical site in its own right but what makes it special is how you get there. Its on an island in the middle of the Forth Estuary and access is by boat trip from Hawes pier in South Queensferry (frequent trains and buses from Edinburgh). The boat trip takes you under the Forth Bridges which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did not realize what I signed up for but happy as heck to find this gem. Signed up for a bus/boat tour with a stop at the isle. So very glad. No tour guides but the little gift shop gent had plenty to say.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a trip on maid of the forth up river sightings of seals on the rocks then the sight of the abbey, went really to see the old gun inplacement from 2nd ww.and to do a bit of bird watching

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Unbelievably beautiful place. The island with the ruins of the abbey are magical. The view from the top of the small hills is worth the climbing, you can see Edinburgh from there, Arthur's seat, St Giles, the Hub, the bridge... We went there with a ferry called the maid of the forth, they were very helpful and gave very interesting... More 

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