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Inchcolm Abbey

The best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland

Inchcolm Abbey

David I established a priory here which became an abbey in 1235. It is now the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland.

The island is famed for its seals, wildlife and coastal defences from two World Wars.


  • The abbey’s dramatic location – best appreciated from the boat as it docks at the island.
  • The medieval stone screens inside the belltower – rare survivals of medieval church fixtures.
  • The 13th-century wall-painting – rare medieval fresco.
  • The cloister – remarkably complete and perfectly conveying the atmosphere of monastic life.
Green Tourism Award - Gold


Region – Kingdom of Fife
Postcode: EH30 9TB (Hawes Pier at South Queensferry)

Opening arrangements

Summer only
25 March - 31 October, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

Admission prices

All year
Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

Events at Inchcolm Abbey

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1 May 2016

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

Stirling Castle

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David Roberts Exhibition

Duff House

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Kaleidoscope II

Duff House

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A Grand Day Out

Duff House

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Conservation Day

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Music Through the Ages

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John Comyn, Patriot

Urquhart Castle

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