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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  • The only way to get to the island is by boat via one of the forth ferries/cruises. We chose to spend 90 mins on the island as part of our round trip. We were blessed with fine weather which meant...  more »
  • Inchcolm is one of 2 Forth islands you can get a commercial ferry to. Isle of May is the other. Inchcolm is full of history, all well explained. The ferryman will usually take you under the 3 bridges....  more »
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  • The abbey is the perfect place for a game of hide and seek! So many little stairways and secret rooms. Fun to explore with the family
  • Inchcolm is very properly maintained by Scottish historical society authorities. You can take ferry to go to this place from Queensferry. Ferry will left you on this island for 1.5 hours. This is very scenic place and of historic importance. Building is very properly maintained. Scottish historic society staff is available to assist you. You can roam around and see the beauty of this island.
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