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Inchcolm Island

St Andrews





There is currently no visitor access to the walled garden and the hermit's cell due to conservation works.

More information about the restrictions

Set sail for a very special island in the Firth of Forth – home to the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. Originally a priory founded by David I, the abbey saw conflict as well as calm.

The island is also famed for its seals and other wildlife, and its coastal defences from the two World Wars. These were put in place to protect Rosyth naval base, the Forth Bridge and Edinburgh.

What to see and do

Take in the abbey’s dramatic location – best seen from the boat as it docks at the island
Get a sense of monastic life as you wander round the remarkably complete cloister
Seek out the rare medieval fresco – the wall painting dates from the 13th century
Look inside the bell tower for the stone screens, rare survivals of medieval church fixture

Opening Times:

1 Apr to 30 Sept: Daily,

10.30am to 5.30pm (last entry at 4.45pm).

1 to 31 Oct: Daily,

9.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm).

1 Nov to 31 Mar: Closed

Tickets can be bought from Maid of the Forth or Forth Boat Tours



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