Inchcolm Island


A trip to historic Inchcolm Island is sure to be the highlight of your trip to Edinburgh! The island is the source of endless conflicts between the English and Scots during the Medieval times.

Maid of the Forth

The ferry that takes you to the Island is the Maid of the Forth and it sails from Hawes Pier in South Queensferry in the shadow of the original Forth Bridge. It’s a pleasant 45 minute cruise to your destination and involves passing beneath this awesome structure whilst listening to the lively running commentary from your crew.

Wildlife Galore

This area is great for wildlife watching – you’ll see seals, puffins, gannets, fulmars, cormorants, eider ducks and guillemotes – who all make their home on and around the island. If you’re lucky you’ll see porpoise and dolphins too!

Inchcolm’s Augustinian Abbey

King Alexander I was marooned on the island in the 12th century and after his ordeal he decided to make the island the site for an Augustinian Monastery which is today Scotland’s most complete surviving monastic house and can even be used as a stunning setting for weddings.

Around the island

As well as the Abbey, Inchcolm Island offers its visitors a visitor centre, gardens, picnic areas and cute beaches.

Highlight of the Day

Watching the wildlife from your boat.

Further Information

Nearest train station : Dalmeny Station – walk down to the Railway Bridge (Maid of the Forth Ferries)
Car parking : On street in South Queensferry
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