Inchcolm

[Inchcolm Abbey]

Incholm is a small island sitting in the Firth of Forth just off the Fife coast south of Aberdour. Its 22 acres provide ample space for large numbers of seagulls, aggressive to visitors during breeding season. A part-ruined but still beautiful monastery still stands amongst the feathery chaos, as well as various concrete artillery defences constructed in the World Wars. Today defence, religion and nature awkwardly combine to create a quirky but somehow beguiling place, well worth a boat trip on the Maid of the Forth from South Queensferry. But remember that, during summer, the birds are very much in charge.

[Hundreds of seagulls and their chicks make summer visits interesting - take an umbrella to ward off attacks from above]

Name: Inchcolm (Columba's Island) ★★☆
Location: Firth of Forth, G.R: NT 188825 / owes bloom magic
Anything else? Access from South Queensferry on the Maid of the Forth boat.

Name: Inchcolm Abbey ★★★☆
Description: 13th century monastery on an uninhabited island in the Firth of Forth.
Location: Close to the jetty on Inchcolm, G.R.: NT 190827 / camera outhouse lofts
Open (2017): Daily, April to October
Cost (2017): £5.50 (adults), £3.30 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members. Entrance fee is incorporated into Maid of the Forth boat fare.

[Inchcolm Abbey and island]

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