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Tickets for the passenger ferry to the island will need to be purchased in advance. 

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Tickets for the passenger ferry to the island will need to be purchased in advance through either Maid of the Forth or Forth Boat Tours .

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29 March to 30 September: Daily, 10.30am to 5.30pm (last entry at 4.45pm). 1 to 31 October: Daily, 10.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 3.45pm). Access to parts of the island may be restricted between May and August when some seabirds aggressively protect their young.

1 November to 28 March

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Adverse weather or other reasons beyond our control may cause a site to close. We advise checking ahead if the forecast is poor or you are making a long journey. 

Current unexpected and short term closures .

1 Apr to 30 Sept: Daily, 10.30am to 5.30pm (last entry at 4.45pm). 1 to 31 Oct: Daily, 9.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm). 1 Nov to 31 Mar: Closed

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Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1140. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland.

There is currently no visitor access to the walled garden and the hermit's cell while we undertake conservation works.  Find out more about our conservation work

It was the dream of Alexander I to establish a monastery on the island after he sheltered on it during a storm. But following his death, it was his brother David I who invited Augustinian canons to establish a priory, which was later given full abbey status.

The abbey has a dramatic location which you can see from the boat before you arrive on the island. The medieval stone screens inside the belltower are rare survivals of medieval church fixtures and the 13th century well-painting is a rare medieval fresco.

The island is also famed for its seals, wildlife and coastal defences from the two world wars.

Getting there by railway:- A short walk to the jetty in South Queensferry from Dalmeny Station.

Getting there by ferry:- From Hawes Peir, South Queensferry sailing to the island telephone 0131 331 4857 for details of sailings.

Boarding and leaving the ferry may be difficult for visitors using wheelchairs but once on site, the shop, display area, all gardens and the ground floor of the abbey are accessible. The upper floor of the abbey is not suitable for visitors using wheelchairs as access is by turnpike stair.

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Join our “Black Canon” guides on the “Iona of the East” Inchcolm Island. Visit Inchcolm Abbey which dates back to the 12 th Century and the islands military defences from two World Wars.

Take a walk in the footsteps of kings, clergy, sailors and soldiers and venture forward into the past. You’ll be surprised at what hidden tales await you!

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Inchcolm Island

The beautiful and historic Inchcolm Island is situated in the Firth of Forth, just 6 miles from Edinburgh city centre. The island is home to a large abbey known as the ‘Iona of the East’, which is one of the top attractions in Fife . The abbey is under the control of Historic Environment Scotland, and visitors can travel there by ferry from South Queensferry.

Inchcolm Island

Inchcolm Island lies in the Firth of Forth just six miles from Edinburgh city centre and four miles east of the Forth Road Bridge . Although relatively small at only 22 acres, it has plenty of things to see and do, and combined with the ferry trip from South Queensferry, it’s a great family day out.Getting to the island requires tourists to board a charter ferry that will take them on an enjoyable trip under the Forth Bridges and along the estuary before arriving at the small harbour on the island.

A camera is an essential item to carry for the short journey, as you’ll likely see lots of wildlife along the way. Seals are frequently spotted having a rest on the buoys bobbing about in the Forth, and large colonies of seagulls, fulmars, and the occasional puffin fly over the outcrops surrounding the harbour’s edge.

You’ll find that the island is much bigger than you might be expecting after seeing it in the distance at South Queensferry, and there are more than enough activities to keep the family occupied for an entire afternoon once you get there.

While the ferry ride is good fun, I have to admit the high point for me was exploring the eastern edge of the island which has left-over bunkers from WWII, but the abbey is a great place to explore as well. While some of it is in ruins, there are lots of remaining sections that are in excellent condition (surprisingly for buildings that are nearly 800 years old), and it certainly deserves its title as Scotland’s best-preserved group of monastic buildings.

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The Highlights

1: One of the main highlights of visiting Inchcolm Island is exploring Inchcolm Abbey. This medieval Augustine abbey was established in the 12th century and is remarkably well-preserved. With its beautiful Gothic architecture and tranquil setting, the abbey offers a fascinating insight into monastic life in the Middle Ages.

2: Inchcolm Island is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. It’s home to a variety of bird species including fulmars, cormorants, and puffins. During boat trips, visitors might even be able to spot seals basking on the rocks. The island’s wildlife, coupled with its stunning natural beauty, makes it an ideal spot for nature photography.

3: The island offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Firth of Forth and the surrounding areas. From the highest points on the island, visitors can see Edinburgh’s skyline, the Forth Bridges, and the distinctive hills of Fife. These views are especially spectacular on clear days, making it a perfect location for leisurely walks and picnics.

Visiting Tips

1: Scotland is known for its unpredictable weather. Inchcolm Island, being in the Firth of Forth, is no exception. Even in summer, the weather can change quickly, so it’s a good idea to dress in layers and bring waterproof clothing. Also, don’t forget your sunscreen, as the sun can be strong when it does appear.

2: The main attraction of Inchcolm Island is Inchcolm Abbey, a well-preserved medieval abbey. However, the island itself is small and can be explored within a few hours. Note that the ferries to and from the island have specific schedules, so make sure you plan your visit accordingly to avoid missing the last return ferry.

3: There are limited facilities on the island, so it’s a good idea to bring your own snacks and water. There are picnic tables and plenty of spots to enjoy a meal with a view. Remember to take your rubbish with you when you leave to help preserve the natural beauty of the island.

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Tourist Information

Inchcolm Island is located one mile from the Fife coastline near Aberdour Castle , and the only Historic Environment Scotland-approved way to get to it is by taking the Maid of The Forth ferry that departs from South Queensferry which gives you three hours on the island before taking you back to shore.

Unsurprisingly, the island has been given the nickname ‘the Iona of the East’ thanks to the 12th-century Inchcolm Abbey located in the central area. This abbey was founded by King David I after his brother King Alexander I was forced to seek shelter there during a very stormy crossing of the Forth in 1123, and both its size and grandeur mean that today it’s considered one of the finest abbey buildings in Scotland.

The abbey is open to the public and visitors can walk through the rooms and corridors of the old building and can even climb to the top of the main tower for dazzling views across the Lothian and Fife coastlines. There are other historic buildings to see on the island as well, with fortifications from the Second World War covering much of the eastern area, while an underground ammunition tunnel dating from 1916 is also open to view.

The western section of Inchcolm Island consists of open grassland which is easy to walk across if you fancy doing some exploring, but be careful to watch where you step as sea birds lay their eggs on the ground due to the lack of predators on the island. Inchcolm also features two lovely wee beaches that have plenty of seating if you want to take a picnic with you, and Historic Environment Scotland has a small gift shop if you’d like to take home a memento.

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Things to Do

Exploring Inchcolm Abbey: This magnificent medieval abbey is the star attraction of Inchcolm Island. Built in the 12th century, the abbey is steeped in history and features a wonderful mix of architectural styles. Visitors can explore the tranquil cloisters, look inside the bell tower, and discover the rare medieval fresco that has remained intact for over 800 years.

Wildlife Watching: Inchcolm Island is home to a wealth of wildlife. From seals basking on the rocks to a variety of birds including puffins , terns, and eider ducks, the island is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Don’t forget your binoculars (link to binocular reviews), and make sure to tread lightly to avoid disturbing nesting birds.

Walks: Inchcolm Island offers a couple of walking trails with lovely views of Fife, Edinburgh, and the Firth of Forth. These walks are not only a great way to explore the island but are also an excellent opportunity to enjoy the fresh sea air in peace and quiet. Note that the paths are not suitable for disabled visitors or pushchairs.

Picnic with a View: Bring a basket full of your favourite snacks and enjoy a memorable picnic on the island’s green spaces. There are numerous ideal spots for a picnic, but you might prefer staying near the gift shop as there are picnic benches outside it.

Photography: With its historic buildings, diverse wildlife, and stunning coastal views, Inchcolm Island is a photographer’s paradise. From the ancient stone walls of the abbey to the captivating sunset views over the Firth of Forth, every corner of Inchcolm Island is a picture waiting to be taken.

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Braefoot Bay . Burntisland KY3 0XR A local coastal nature reserve that features a footpath around Dalgety Bay Both walkers and mountain bikers frequently use the path. The bay is the nearest point to Inchcolm Island .

Silver Sands Beach . Firth of Forth, Burntisland KY3 0RQ. A golden-sand beach to the east of Aberdour. There is a path from the beach that closely follows the coastline to Burntisland.

Cullaloe Nature Reserve . B9157, Burntisland KY3 0LU. This nature reserve centres around a reclaimed reservoir that is a haven for birds including lapwings and sedge warblers. There are areas of wildflower meadows, marshland and willow scrub. There is also a wildlife viewing screen with wheelchair access.

Dalgety Bay , Dunfermline, KY11 9TF Tourists frequently overlook this coastal community that’s close to the Forth Road Bridge. Dalgety Bay offers secluded and picturesque coastal walks and stunning views of the Firth of Forth. The town frequently wins the ‘Best Kept Small Town’ award.

Burntisland . Burntisland KY3 9DZ. This town is renowned for its award-winning natural harbour and wide-open mudflats that attract a variety of seabirds when the tide retreats. At low tide it is possible – with care – to walk between Burntisland and Pettycur village.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who built inchcolm abbey.

King David I constructed Inchcolm Abbey after his brother, King Alexander I, sought refuge there during a storm in 1123. Alexander vowed to build a monastery on the island, but he died in 1124, leaving the task to his brother.

Are there toilets on Inchcolm Island?

There are public toilets on Inchcolm Island.

Who lives on Inchcolm?

Two staff members of Historic Environment Scotland live on Inchcolm Island between March and October. Romans, Augustinian monks, mediaeval hermits, and soldiers from the First and Second World Wars have all lived on Inchcolm Island over the course of its history.

How old is Inchcolm Abbey?

Inchcolm Abbey dates back to the 12th century. The abbey was built due to a promise made by King Alexander I when he was forced to shelter on the island during a storm in 1123.

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King David 1 of Scotland created a priory here which was promoted to become an abbey in 1235. Standing on an island in the Forth, this is Scotland’s best preserved group of monastic buildings. It is cared for by Historic Scotland.

Inchcolm is only about 1 km off the Fife coast, but is served by a seasonal ferry from South Queensferry (Hawes Pier), a distance of about 8 miles (13 km). The location of these buildings is seen to best advantage as the boat makes its final approach. Look out also for seabirds, seals and other wildlife.

The abbey church has medieval stone screens at the base of its bell-tower. In a tomb recess, there’s an amazing fresco (wall painting) of a funeral procession dating from the 13th century. Don’t miss its fine cloister, the arched walkway which the monks used to walk around the open quadrangle inside.

The island’s location made it a target for the English navy during the 14th-16th centuries, and a gun battery was installed during the Napoleonic Wars in 1795. It was fortified further during the two World Wars, in order to defend Rosyth Naval Base, the Forth Bridge and Leith docks.

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Inchcolm Abbey is a well-preserved twelfth century Augustinian monastery turned abbey located in an important defensive position.

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About Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey meaning ‘Colm’s Isle’ was established as an Augustinian monastery in the 12th century by David I, becoming an abbey in 1235. During the wars between England and Scotland, the location of Inchcolm Abbey in Scotland meant that it was constantly under attack.

The island of Inchcolm Abbey continued to play a defensive role in the Napoleonic Wars and World War Two. Despite its turbulent history Inchcolm Abbey remains remarkably intact: the 13th century cloisters are celebrated as some of the most well-preserved of their kind and visitors can even see a rare funereal fresco from the same period.

Inchcolm Abbey history

Before the abbey was founded, it is believed that a hermit lived on the island which was also home to a 10th century ‘hogback’ tombstone relic. Alexander I sheltered on the island during a storm in 1123, vowing to set up a monastery in thanks for surviving. While Alexander died before fulfilling this promise, his brother David I did not.

Under David’s orders, Augustinian canons settled in Inchcolm from the early 1100s to enjoy the island’s isolation and peace. Abbot Walter Bower found enough tranquility to write a great history of Scotland, ‘Scotichronicon’, during the mid-15th century.

However, being located within the Firth of Forth also meant Inchcolm easily became the target of English naval raids between the 14th and 16th century wars. The monks spent more time on land in Fife until the Scottish Reformation of 1560 ended monastic life, the stones from the abbey used to help repair Edinburgh’s Tolbooth in 1581.

Afterwards, Inchcolm was continuously used for defensive purposes until World War Two : in 1795 during the Napoleonic Wars , a gun battery was installed when the French threatened invasion. During the early 20th century, Inchcolm was further fortified to help defend Edinburgh, the Rosyth Naval Base and the Forth Bridge.

Inchcolm Abbey today

Today, Inchcolm Abbey has the most complete surviving remains of any Scottish monasteries and is managed by Historic Environment Scotland. What remains are the cloisters, chapter house and refectory while the church is least well-preserved.

The island is also known for its seal population and other varied wildlife. Visitors must get a ferry to the island with a ticket separate to their entry to the abbey, which is a £6 standard ticket.

Getting to Inchcolm Abbey

There are 2 ferries from Hawes Pier, South Queensferry: Fourth Tours and Maid of the Forth. To drive from Edinburgh, 45 minutes away, take the A90 and M90 across the Forth Bridge and then get a ferry. Via public transport, get a Scotrail train from Edinburgh Waverley to Inverkeithing (they run every 15 minutes and the journey takes 23 minutes). From Inverkeithing you can walk to the ferry port in around an hour.

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Our 3 hour Inchcolm Landing trip not only includes our 90 minute sightseeing cruise,  but also a visit to Inchcolm.  You will have a 90 minute stop on the island to explore at your own pace before the boat picks you up to resume the remainder of the cruise.

Enjoy the remarkable 12th century Inchcolm Abbey, ascend the narrow spiral staircase to the bell tower for panoramic views of the island, or experience the Hermit's Cell where King Alexander sought refuge after being shipwrecked.

The Abbey and Island are managed by  Historic Environment Scotland .

In addition to its sacred historical ruins and abbey, Inchcolm boats numerous wartime fortifications for visitors to discover.  These include old lookout and searchlight posts, artillery gun emplacements and a preserved ammunition tunnel that runs through the island and remains accessible to the public.

Furthermore , Inchcolm offers two beaches where visitors can unwind, take in the stunning vistas of the Fife Coast and Edinburgh Skyline, or just soak up the tranquil atmosphere.

While well behaved dogs are welcomed on the island, they must remain on a leash to safeguard the abundant wildlife.

There are toilet facilities on Inchcolm and a small gift shop and exhibition.

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As the Island is managed by Historic Scotland the Admission to the Island is payable separately to the ferry.  

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This admission fee is payable for all who set foot on the island unless a valid Historic Scotland Membership/Explorer pass is held.

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  1. Inchcolm Abbey: Prices and Opening Times

    Find Inchcolm Abbey admission prices, including for Historic Scotland members and Explorer Pass holders, plus Inchcolm Abbey opening times. ... the passenger ferry to the island will need to be purchased in advance through either Maid of the Forth or Forth Boat Tours. The landing fee for Inchcolm, not including a passenger ferry ticket, are ...

  2. Inchcolm Island Cruise

    Inchcolm Island Cruise. Relax onboard our Inchcolm Island Cruise with friends and family and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a beverage or snack from the bar.. Take in the spectacular views of Inchcolm Island, the Three Bridges, the beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline to the south and the Kingdom of Fife to the north, Inchcolm Island with its medieval abbey, and the ...

  3. Inchcolm Abbey

    Explore more with Forth Boat Tours. Inchcolm Abbey - The Iona of the East. Inchcolm Abbey, known as the Iona of the East, is nestled on the picturesque island of Inchcolm in Scotland's Firth of Forth, and is a captivating testament to centuries of history and architectural beauty. This ancient abbey's origins trace back to the 12th ...

  4. Inchcolm Abbey, Burntisland

    Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1140. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. There is currently no visitor access to the walled garden and the hermit's cell while we undertake conservation works. Find out more about our conservation work.

  5. Inchcolm Tours

    Visit Inchcolm Abbey which dates back to the 12 th Century and the islands military defences from two World Wars. Take a walk in the footsteps of kings, clergy, sailors and soldiers and venture forward into the past. You'll be surprised at what hidden tales await you! Duration: The walking tour is approximately 50mins. The overall trip to the ...

  6. Inchcolm Abbey and Island

    Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. ... Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies Tour from Edinburgh. 331. Recommended. 93% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher. Historical Tours. from . £60.00 ...

  7. Inchcolm Abbey and Island

    Walking tour of Inchcolm Abbey with the Black Canon. Apr 2023 • Couples. Excellent walking tour of Inchcolm Abbey with our guide, Mark, otherwise the Black Canon. Mark was very knowledgeable and interesting but also friendly and personable which made the whole tour a very memorable experience. Would recommend it -great value!

  8. Inchcolm Abbey and Island

    Inchcolm Abbey and Island. There is currently no visitor access to the walled garden and the hermit's cell while we undertake conservation works. Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland.

  9. Inchcolm Island Visitor Guide

    The beautiful and historic Inchcolm Island is situated in the Firth of Forth, just 6 miles from Edinburgh city centre. The island is home to a large abbey known as the 'Iona of the East', which is one of the top attractions in Fife.The abbey is under the control of Historic Environment Scotland, and visitors can travel there by ferry from South Queensferry.

  10. About Inchcolm Island

    Inchcolm Abbey's architectural grandeur demonstrates real medieval craftsmanship, featuring a cloister, chapter house, and a finely detailed church. ... Access to Inchcolm Island is via Forth Boat Tours Inchcolm Island Cruise with daily sailings from 29 March to 31 October from Hawes Pier, South Queensferry. The Forth Boat Tours Inchcolm ...

  11. Private tour to Inchcolm abbey and island

    Inchcolm abbey and island. King David 1 of Scotland created a priory here which was promoted to become an abbey in 1235. Standing on an island in the Forth, this is Scotland's best preserved group of monastic buildings. It is cared for by Historic Scotland. Inchcolm is only about 1 km off the Fife coast, but is served by a seasonal ferry from ...

  12. Inchcolm Abbey and Island

    May 17, 2024 - There is currently no visitor access to the walled garden and the hermit's cell while we undertake conservation works. Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David ...

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    Inchcolm Abbey meaning 'Colm's Isle' was established as an Augustinian monastery in the 12th century by David I, ... Fourth Tours and Maid of the Forth. To drive from Edinburgh, 45 minutes away, take the A90 and M90 across the Forth Bridge and then get a ferry. Via public transport, get a Scotrail train from Edinburgh Waverley to ...

  14. Inchcolm Abbey and Island

    Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. It was the dream of Alexander I to establish a monastery on the island after he sheltered on it during a storm. ... Great boat trip with Forth Tours. Enjoyable, informative commentary on ...

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    Enjoy a day out with Forth Boat Tours, sail the Firth of Forth and past Edinburgh's three bridges. CRUISE TIMETABLE, GROUPS & PRIVATE HIRE. ... INCHCOLM ISLAND CRUISE. Cruise along the Firth of Forth and view the Three Bridges and the 12th century Inchcolm Abbey. Look out for the seals and other marine wildlife. Book Now.

  16. Inchcolm Abbey and Island

    The Abbey itself, the grounds to the East, the exhibition area and shop are open. There is currently no visitor access to the west of the island and some minor access restrictions remain in place externally due to conservation works. Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235.

  17. Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise to Inchcolm Island

    With an impressive overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 based on 390 reviews, the Queensferry Sightseeing Cruise to Inchcolm Island has garnered high praise from past travelers for its outstanding guide, transportation services, and excellent value for money. Customers have raved about the enriching tour experience, highlighting the engaging ...

  18. Inchcolm Island Landing Trip 3 hrs

    Our 3 hour Inchcolm Landing trip not only includes our 90 minute sightseeing cruise, but also a visit to Inchcolm. You will have a 90 minute stop on the island to explore at your own pace before the boat picks you up to resume the remainder of the cruise. Enjoy the remarkable 12th century Inchcolm Abbey, ascend the narrow spiral staircase to ...