Inchcolm Abbey and Island, South Queensferry

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Inchcolm Abbey and Island 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. Work out when and for how long to visit Inchcolm Abbey and Island and other Edinburgh attractions using our handy Edinburgh trip maker site .
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  • August 19, 2017
    Wonderful place for scenic photos. Plenty of places to enjoy a picnic and take in the views. Lovely walk round the island that wasn't too rugged. Abbey was great to explore . Lovely way to spend a cou...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    We cruise under the three Forth bridges and on to Inchcolm island great view of surrounding country side and Forth Estuary the Abbey is amazing. make sure you take a picnic with you as we arrive found...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Beautiful boat cruise under the 3 bridges with Hello to the seals that are to gild the pill in the Sun. the island is beautiful and the Abbey is splendid; It's like the sea in the highlands. : greenery, animals, Zen. In short a program has not to be missed on a beautiful day.
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