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Inchcolm Abbey, South Queensferry

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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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  • I had plenty of time to explore the abbey as well as the WWI sites on the island. Plus I had time to sit and have a nice picnic...just make sure you bring things with you as there is only a small gift...  more »
  • Beautiful Inchcolm Abbey is a fine example of it's time. An awe inspiring day out for all the family. We went on the "Maid of the Forth" as we had heard this was the best trip and we were not disappoi...  more »
  • This little island is a must see attraction when visiting Edinburgh. The Island is beautiful. Beware of nesting Gulls who defend most of the paths of this place!! We liked the visitor room and child's...  more »
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  • Great day out, we had sunny day here it was beautiful. There were seagulls sitting on eggs so they were really noisy but for children it was good adventure with nature.
  • Great day out, extremely helpful and friendly staff. We'll kept island with a large variety of wildlife. Definitely worth a visit.
  • 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
  • Fabulous, great weather, scenery and value for money
  • 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.

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