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Inchmahome Priory

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Address: Port of Menteith, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK8 3RA, Scotland
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Set on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome is an...

Set on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome is an idyllically-situated Augustinian monastery dating from 1238. Much of the 13th century building remains. There is a wide range of plant and wildlife on the island.The enchanting ruins of Inchmahome Priory grace the largest of three islands in the Lake of Menteith. The priory was established around 1238 by a small community of Augustinian canons. Their founder and patron was Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith, whose residence stood on the adjacent island of Inch Talla. The secluded location offered the brethren isolation from the secular world, and tranquillity in which to carry out the worship of God. The island sanctuary functioned for over 300 years, offering solace not only to the canons but also royal visitors. King Robert Bruce visited three times, and Mary Queen of Scots once, in 1547, when she was five. In 1560, the Protestant Reformation effectively brought monastic life at Inchmahome to an end.

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Lovely place

As soon as you board the boat at the boat hose and are greeted by the boatman you know the trip will be good. The island is lovely to walk round and the priory full of history... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As soon as you board the boat at the boat hose and are greeted by the boatman you know the trip will be good. The island is lovely to walk round and the priory full of history fully explained with information board's. Staff are great and shop worth a visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this attraction with my wife on a rather cold but very still day in April. It was amazing. Such a peaceful place with scenery to behold. The monastery is steeped I history with lots of information panels to help you get an insight into the past. We walked around the island in about 20 min and it was... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there on a sunny day and it was so beautiful. Too bad that there were fences, but totally understandable because it still is a work of art and should be protected from too many tourists! I loved the view on the lake, loved the place, loved the tulips and the benches.

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Thank Lynn C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Inchmahome Priory is a magical place, steeped in 800 years of history. We loved wandering around the grounds, trying to imagine what life would have been like. The buildings are in ruins but are still impressive. The island is peaceful and meditative - nice to stroll around. There was extensive preservation efforts when we were there in 2016. Fencing and... More 

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Thank Jim L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A short boat ride over to the island. Where there is are beautiful remains of the priory where Mary Queen of Scots was kept during the 'rough wooing' by Henry VIII. Somebody else saw an osprey and a crested grebe. There are lots of ducks and geese The people running the boat were great. There is also a tiny shop... More 

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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Lovely place to spend an afternoon - even in rain storms. It is a sweet boat ride over and back to Inchmahome Priory which is on a small island in the middle of the Lake of Menteith. The priory dates to the 1200's, most notable perhaps as the hiding place of Queen Mary in the 1500's. The grounds are lovingly... More 

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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Martin took us across the lake to the island by boat and gave us a bit of insight around the area, brilliant and funny man! The island itself is absolutely gorgeous. It really feels like you are in a special place, surrounded by water and a 15 minute walk from side to side. It's truly something to experience especially with... More 

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Reviewed 30 October 2016

Ensure to visit in the morning as soon as it opens so you have the place virtually to yourself - enjoy the silence and tranquility among the beautiful old ruins and lovely old trees...

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Reviewed 25 October 2016

First you have to get the ferry over to the island then once your there there a the Abby ruins then a nice walk around the island over all nice

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Reviewed 6 October 2016

We are Historic Scotland annual pass holders so decided to visit here while staying in the area. We arrived very early on a mid-week day during the summer when the sun was splitting the rocks and where able to take the first boat across to the island. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the boat trip across was... More 

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