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Inchcolm Abbey, South Queensferry
(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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  • Would definitely recommend a visit to this lovely island and abbey. Quite a cold day when we visited but still very enjoyable. The boat trip from South Queensferry was interesting with points of inter...  more »
  • I've visited here twice, and would go again. On a sunny day, there is a wee beach you can paddle at, the abbey itself is lovely and has lots of nice stairwells and bits to explore. Theres a couple of ...  more »
  • Beautiful little island with interesting history. If you go at seagull nesting time, make sure you take a helmet! 
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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