Fife | Firth of Forth | Island & abbey | ★★★★

[Inchcolm Abbey]

Incholm is a small island sitting in the Firth of Forth, just off the Fife coast at Aberdour. Its 22 acres provide ample space for large numbers of seagulls, which can be aggressive to visitors during breeding season; consider taking an umbrella to ward off territorial dives. A part-ruined - but still beautiful - 13th century 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. It all feels a world away from Edinburgh, only 7 miles distant.

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

Location & info

📌 Inchcolm (Columba's Island) ★★★★
Uninhabited island in the Firth of Forth, G.R: NT 188825 ///owes.bloom.magic. Access only by the Maid of the Forth boat from South Queensferry (see paragraph above).

📌 Inchcolm Abbey ★★★★
Close to the jetty on Inchcolm, G.R.: NT 190827 ///camera.outhouse.lofts
Open daily, April to October | £6 adult / £3.60 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members. Entrance fee is incorporated into the compulsory Maid of the Forth boat fare.

[Inchcolm Abbey and island]


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