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Inchcolm Abbey, South Queensferry

(4.8/5 based on 650+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • Fantastic! Just loved going back in time to this island. Loads to explore on a cold winters day. Imagining life in the past hen massive tankers set the place a trembling - electrifying!  more »
  • the abbey is in ruins. but it is to be found on Inchcolm Island and the boat trip to get there as well as the small island are very nice.  more »
  • My husband and i had spent a week walking the Cateran Trail based at Blairgowrie in 2010. We decided to go to the Island of Inchcolm before returning home. Once inside this lovely Abbey we saw candles...  more »
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  • A stunning Abbey on a nice little island, interesting history relating to it being built. Make sure to climb the tight narrow stone steps for the main tower, as the view is amazing on a clear day. Highly recommended part of the ferry trip on the Forth
  • 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.
  • Beautiful tourist spot and awesome boat ride
  • Brilliant place well kept.
  • Great trip