Inchcolm Abbey

Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, EH30 9TB

    Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland.

    It was the dream of Alexander I to establish a monastery on the island after he sheltered on it during a storm. But following his death, it was his brother David I who invited Augustinian canons to establish a priory, which was later given full abbey status.

    The abbey has a dramatic location which you can see from the boat before you arrive on the island. The medieval stone screens inside the belltower are rare survivals of medieval church fixtures and the 13th century well-painting is a rare medieval fresco.

    The island is also famed for its seals, wildlife and coastal defences from the two world wars.

    Boarding and leaving the ferry may be difficult for visitors using wheelchairs but once on site, the shop, display area, all gardens and the ground floor of the abbey are accessible. The upper floor of the abbey is not suitable for visitors using wheelchairs as access is by turnpike stair.

    Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check the Historic Scotland closures page for any unexpected site closures You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.

    4 Historic Attraction
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

    Summer: 1 April - 30 October Daily 9.30am - 5.30pm
    Opening hours are subject to change, depending on weather. In bad weather call the site before setting off.
    Winter: Closed
    Access by ferry: Forth Tours on 0870 118 1866, or Maid of the Forth on
    0131 331 5000,

    Ticket Information
    Adult £5.50 per ticket
    Child £3.30 per ticket
    Concessions £4.40 per ticket

    The ferries are not operated by Historic Scotland
    and a charge will apply.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Shop


    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Electron
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • On Public Transport Route


    • Children Welcome


    • ASVA Member
    • Picnic Area


    • Island Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens

    Wedding Services

    • Religious Ceremony
    • Wedding Packages Available

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- A short walk to the jetty in South Queensferry from Dalmeny Station.

    Getting there by ferry:- From South Queensferry sailing to the island telephone 0131 331 4857 for details of sailings.

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