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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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  • Loved this trip, the atmosphere was amazing as was the boat trip to get there, the guide actually lives on the island which has not running water and has to be brought over, 
  • Incholm Abbey is an interesting historical site in its own right but what makes it special is how you get there. Its on an island in the middle of the Forth Estuary and access is by boat trip from Haw...  more »
  • Did not realize what I signed up for but happy as heck to find this gem. Signed up for a bus/boat tour with a stop at the isle. So very glad. No tour guides but the little gift shop gent had plenty to...  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