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Maid of the Forth

Inchcolm Abbey from the Maid of the Forth

It’s one of those things I’ve been meaning to do for ages, as I always remember coming to South Queensferry as a kid and enjoying the ice cream.

But until last weekend I’d not taken the boat trip out to Inchcolm Island. I joined the Maid of the Forth boat tours from the harbour at South Queensferry for the four mile sale across the Firth of Forth.

Yes, it was a bit choppy, but we still managed to spot lots of seabirds including oyster catchers and puffins, and even a few seals lazing about the rocks.

On a calmer day we would’ve stopped over on the island and had a wee look round the abbey, which apparently is known as the ‘Iona of the East’. The picture doesn’t really do it justice as it was taken through the boat window, but hopefully you can see what I mean.

But it was still worth the return journey to enjoy the coast and spot all this wildlife that I don’t get to see very often.

Find out more about wildlife cruises on the Firth of Forth.




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