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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

1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Winter (closed Nov-Mar)
1 - 31 October, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 09.30 am to 4.30 pm

Admission prices

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

Events at Inchcolm Abbey

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29 August 2014

The Three Estates Costume Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Ring of Brodgar Guided Walk

Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge

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Ladies of the Renaissance

Edinburgh Castle

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Standing Stones of Stenness Guided Walk

Stones Of Stenness Circle And Henge

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Bat Walk

Holyrood Park

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Hands on History

Urquhart Castle

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