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Inchcolm Abbey (HS)

Inchcolm Island

Known as the ‘Iona of the East' this beautiful island abbey was founded in the latter part of the 12th century by David I. The abbey's 13th century bell-tower, cloisters and splendid octagonal chapterhouse are exceptionally well preserved.At one time the monks used to abandon the island during the summer months for fear of English attack. Later in the 15th century, Abbot Walter Bower fortified the monastery and the brethren stayed on the island throughout the year. It was Abbot Bower who wrote Scotichronicon, one of the first histories of Scotland. During the First and Second World Wars the island itself was heavily fortified for fear that the Germans might attack the naval bases in the Forth. Good spot for seal and birdwatching. Shop…

Opening Times

March - September: Monday - Sunday, 9.30am - 6.30pm. Sailing schedule available at . Access limited to public ferry times - 0131 331 4857.



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Inchcolm Abbey (HS)

Inchcolm Island
Phone: 01383 823332
Inchcolm Abbey © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland.


In the Firth of Forth, reached by ferry from South Queensferry.

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