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Inchcolm Island & Forth Boat Tours

About Inchcolm Island – a Jewel on the Firth of Forth

Inchcolm island, nestled in the Firth of Forth estuary on Scotland’s east coast, is a captivating destination. Its history, natural beauty, and wildlife combine to create a unique and memorable experience for visitors.

Inchcolm island’s history dates to the 12th century when Augustinian monks established a priory on its shores. Over time, this priory evolved into the impressive and well-preserved medieval Inchcolm Abbey. Known as the ‘Iona of the East’, Inchcolm abbey is a testament to Inchcolm island’s rich religious heritage.

Inchcolm Abbey’s architectural grandeur demonstrates real medieval craftsmanship, featuring a cloister, chapter house, and a finely detailed church. Visitors can explore Inchcolm abbey’s ruins and immerse themselves in its historical significance through informative displays.

Explore the flora and fauna

Beyond its historical treasures, Inchcolm island is a sanctuary of natural beauty. Covered in lush greenery, it offers a serene escape from urban life. Inchcolm island’s coastal cliffs provide stunning vistas of the surrounding waters and neighbouring islands. Making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

Look out for the Marine Wildlife which abounds on Inchcolm Island. Seals can often be seen basking on rocks in the waters surrounding Inchcolm island, providing an opportunity for close encounters with these charming marine mammals. Additionally, Inchcolm island is renowned for its bird life, making it a popular destination for birdwatchers. Puffins, cormorants, gulls, and various other species inhabit Inchcolm island, creating a diverse and vibrant ecosystem.

Getting there

Access to Inchcolm Island is via Forth Boat Tours Inchcolm Island Cruise with daily sailings from 29 March to 31 October from Hawes Pier, South Queensferry. The Forth Boat Tours Inchcolm Island Cruise is an enjoyable way to appreciate the scenic beauty of the Firth of Forth and its numerous islands.

Inchcolm island’s rich history and natural allure combine to make it an exceptional day trip or getaway destination. Visitors can step back in time and the medieval abbey, savour the tranquillity of Inchcolm island’s natural landscapes, and witness the thriving wildlife that calls Inchcolm Island home.

As you disembark from the boat and step onto Inchcolm island’s shores, you’ll be transported to a world where history, nature, and wildlife converge to create an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re exploring the ancient ruins of Inchcolm Abbey, gazing at panoramic coastal views, or spotting seals and seabirds, Inchcolm Island promises a day of discovery and relaxation.

Inchcolm Island Cruise

Inchcolm Island Cruise

Relax onboard our Inchcolm Island Cruise with friends and family and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a beverage or snack from the bar.

Take in the spectacular views of Inchcolm Island, the Three Bridges, the beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline to the south and the Kingdom of Fife to the north, the island of Inchcolm with its medieval abbey, and the islands of Inchgarvie, Inchkeith, and Inchmickery.

And don’t forget to look out for the marine wildlife including seals and puffins!

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