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Inchcolm Abbey and Island

Inchcolm Island | Burntisland, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
+44 131 510 7575
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Great day out!

We had a great day here. We made an easy train journey from Waverley to Queensferry and an easy... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Earnest186411
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Boat trip with elders from the local community

The boat trip was a bit choppy but the view of the forth road bridge and rail bridge were... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Alison E
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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.
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Inchcolm Island | Burntisland, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9TB, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

We had a great day here. We made an easy train journey from Waverley to Queensferry and an easy boat ride to the island, which is magical. We paid a bit extra for the guided tour, which was very good - thank you Canon David....More

Thank Earnest186411
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The boat trip was a bit choppy but the view of the forth road bridge and rail bridge were spectacular.we took some beautiful.photos and had a lovely time helping the older people exploring the island.i forget sometimes how beautiful.scotland is until I explore her beauty...More

Thank Alison E
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The arrival on the island is beautiful, you can see seals and the landscape is gorgeous. The abbey itself is bigger than I thought, it has lots of rooms and you can go up and down across the different levels. Now that there is no...More

Thank Ana A
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I had made the trip out to Inchcolm when we visited Edinburgh a few years ago. We loved it so much that when we moved to Edinburgh, we brought our four kids out to experience it. South Queensferry is a lovely waterfront...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

In total contrast to our previous day spent in Edinburgh, this was a haven of peace and tranquility; full of wildlife (the seagulls are especially wild at this time of the year!), steeped in history and surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Firth of...More

Thank Marilyn S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Called the "Iona of the East" this abbey is an excellent visit with good views of the city as a kicker. A small island, it gives you and understanding for those who retreat from the busy world. On the way out we saw the bridges...More

Thank Maconthemove
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don’t know why I’d never been here before - it was fab. Loads to see and do on the island, abbey is great for exploring and seeing seals and puffins was a bonus. I would heartily recommend a visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was amazed to see the maid of the Forth still going. I had sailed on her as a child in the 1980's. First adult trip with me and my partner and our dog. Lovely boat trip and great walk round the island and the...More

Thank Josh M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am so glad that my husband and I went to Inchcolm Abbey today. This was a last minute trip for us, but it worked out perfectly. We took the walking tour with David. He was very knowledgeable and excellent guide. We really enjoyed the...More

Thank Farrah H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A Historic Scotland site. This was just a beautiful site. It is on an island and you need to take a ferry to the island. It is about a ½ hour crossing and there is a ton of information about the area as you pass...More

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13 April 2018|
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Response from ShanzyHolm | Reviewed this property |
Was just there and it’s nesting season... so long as we didn’t go into the nesting areas we were fine. Explored the whole Abbey and lots of the island without any issue.
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Lisa F
2 June 2017|
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Response from l-a-christie | Reviewed this property |
A couple of hours would be fine to see everything but if it is a nice day you may want to spend more time, the beach is actually very sheltered. There are toilets and a tea-room although we took a picnic that the seagulls... More
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Maureen A
22 July 2016|
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Response from ian1811 | Reviewed this property |
Best to book in advance. You can just turn up but if it is busy you may not get on?
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