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Inchmahome Priory

Port of Menteith, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK8 3RA, Scotland
+44 1877 385294
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A beautiful place for reflection

This is a lovely place and provides some time out. The boat trip across is short and the guide is... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Melbourne, Australia
Beautiful and tranquil

We love Inchmahome Priory, from the ferry ride to the walks around the island and of course the... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Located on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome Priory was founded in 1238 and much of the 13th century building remains. Inchmahome Priory is a beautifully situated monastery, founded by a small community of Augustinian canons led by Walter Comyn, the Earl of Menteith. The isolated island location gave the perfect tranquility for worship, and the priory has links with many famous historical names including Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots and Sir Walter Scott. Today you can explore the chapter house and its collection of stone memorials including a rare 13th century double effigy. The island is also home to a wide variety of plant and wildlife. Founded around 1238, the priory was home to Augustinian canons for more than 300 years. There are some beautifully-decorated features and fine medieval carved graveslabs. The island is perfect for a short walk or a waterside picnic. It is a haven for wildlife. Look for the Spanish chestnuts and the boxwood bower supposedly planted by Mary.
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Port of Menteith, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK8 3RA, Scotland
+44 1877 385294
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

This is a lovely place and provides some time out. The boat trip across is short and the guide is informative. Once there, walking around the beautifully serene island and exploring the priory is a real treat.

Thank Kelcardon
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We love Inchmahome Priory, from the ferry ride to the walks around the island and of course the Priory itself. We love especially the Chapter House where you can sit and keep dry if it is raining and just soak up the atmosphere. The stones...More

Thank EllieMary4
Reviewed 27 October 2017

The trees! The trees! Oh my lord the trees. Take a few minutes to sit in the queen's bower, walk along the causeway with the ancient chestnuts, and then take a meditation in the priory. Magnificent.

Thank KRoan
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Car park right by the pier, just follow the signs which take you right to there. We only waited about 10 minutes for a boat across. Boat itself is pretty small but holds 12 people and takes 10 minutes. Buy your ticket when you arrive....More

Thank Urabanrodeo147
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

What an awesome place ... Quiet romantic secluded ... The boat trip to get there was fun ... Would definitely do it again ...

Thank spotpro
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

We braved the rain (with our brand new, (UK, recently purchased) waterproof/breathable overpants) and as we have an Historic Scotland Pass, we decided to visit this priory ruin. The little ferry boat only takes 12 passengers at a time but together with 3 other adults...More

Thank Alianne4
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Interesting ruins of a priory located on a small island in Lake of Menteith. Reached only by small boat. Best to carry rain gear as the boat offers little or no cover from wet weather. Signage at the priory explains some of the history. Trails...More

Thank Wayfarer29
Reviewed 13 September 2017

This little ruined priory is set on an island in a little loch. Your fee includes boat ride (picked up from jetty by car park every 15 mins) and you pay on the island. Nice to see National Trust members get all of it for...More

Thank Marie C
ByHistoricScotland, Marketing at Inchmahome Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Hi Marie Delighted to hear you enjoyed your tip to Inchmahome Priory. Just to clarify it is in fact Historic Scotland members that gain access to this site for free, as well as over 75 other paid sites across Scotland. Thanks for your review, and...More

Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Was deeply disappointed as I checked if the boat was running before we left and it said yes. I did see the boat had been off the day before, but it was then updated to say it was back on. However when we arrived it...More

Thank Anna D
Reviewed 31 August 2017

The setting of these ruins on an island in the middle of the Lake of Menteith is very picturesque. The island is reached via s 5 minute boat trip, where the boatman imparts some history. The ruins include a rare roofed Chapter House within which...More

Thank MikeX4356
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2 June 2016|
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Response from fatlegs78 | Reviewed this property |
I am pretty sure dogs are welcome on the island as long as they are kept on a lead. I would give them a call before heading off just to make sure though.
Tracey-anne M
31 March 2015|
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Hi Tracey Yes the boat runs regularly every day between 10am and 4.15pm and the trip out to the island takes about 7 minutes. We occasionally have to suspend sailings if it is too rough for a safe landing,so suggest phoning... More