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Inchcolm Abbey, South Queensferry

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
Inchcolm Abbey has the most whole surviving remains of any Scottish monastic house. The cloisters, chapter house, warming house, and refectory are all complete, and most of the remaining cloistral buildings survive in a largely complete state. The least well-preserved part of the medieval abbey is the monastic church. While you explore, be on the lookout for an inscription carved above the entrance: "May this house stand until an ant drains the flowing sea, and a tortoise walks around the whole world." The ruins are cared for by Historic Scotland, which also maintains a visitor center near the landing pier where you can get plenty of information on the attraction and surrounding areas. Plan your visit to Inchcolm Abbey and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Edinburgh tourist route planner.
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  • This is a fabulous peaceful location. The abbey is very well preserved and the island is looked after beautifully. 
  • Already being historic scotland members most weekends we are off doing something or visiting local attractions and enjoying Scotland heritage. 
  • The abbey and island are atmospheric, great place for a family picnic. Lots of birds to look at ( although maybe too many seagulls for some!). The boat trip is very enjoyable with an excellent comment...  read more »
  • A beautiful Abby, mostly intact but no interior decoration to give an idea of what it may have been like at the time which is a shame. Some beautiful views of Fife and Edinburgh. Durring March to July you are a little restricted in regards to walking over some of the island due to nesting gulls, which is a little disappointing but only fair to live along side nature.
  • Fascinating place to visit. With history covering medieval to world war II. Throw in opportunity to see local wildlife. Great day out.
  • Interesting day trip, lots of history and open spaces to wonder
  • I love this place!
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