What's the only natural lake in Scotland? It's the Lake of Menteith, with a pleasant surprise waiting for discovery on its main island: a substantial 13th century ruined priory, founded by the Earl of Menteith and once home to a community of Augustinian canons. The lake is part of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, yet seems far removed from busy Aberfoyle, only a few miles distant. The necessary boat trip across the quiet (but blue-green algae infested) waters to reach the island adds to the romance and secluded feel. Before returning to the mainland, don't forget to explore the rest of the island - cloaked in bluebells or brimming with ripe blackberries in season.
|[Waiting for the boat to the island at Port of Menteith jetty]|
Name: Inchmahome Priory ★★★★☆
Location: Access by boat from Port of Menteith jetty, G.R.: NN 583010 / undertook builder engaging
Open (2017): Daily, April to October
Cost (2017): £7.50 (adults), £4.50 (children) including ferry, free for Historic Environment Scotland members.
|[Inchmahome Priory cloister]|