Inchcolm Island Cruise

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Inchcolm Island Cruise

Tour DurationTour Duration: 3 hours

Our Three Bridges Cruise is available to book 

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.

Look out for the marine wildlife including seals and puffins.

About Inchcolm Island

Inchcolm Island is a small island located in the Firth of Forth, off the coast of Edinburgh, Scotland. The island is only about 1.5 kilometres long and 0.5 kilometres wide. It is though lucky enough to be home to some of the most stunning historic landmarks and natural features in Scotland.

As you would expect, one of the most prominent features on Inchcolm Island is the Inchcolm Abbey itself. Interestingly, this well-preserved medieval abbey was founded in the 12th century by Augustinian monks. And moreover, it played an important role in the history of Scotland and was involved in a number of incredibly significant events. These include the Wars of Scottish Independence.

In addition to the abbey, Inchcolm Island is also home to a number of other historic structures. This includes a 16th-century gun battery and a World War II-era coastal defence battery. The island’s natural features include sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and a wide variety of seabirds.

Visitors to Inchcolm Island can take a Forth Boat Tour cruise of Inchcolm Island from Hawes Pier in South Queensferry. Located about 15 kilometres (9 miles) west of Edinburgh. The ferry operates seasonally.

So please do get in contact with us should you like to find out more about exploring the island.

Optional landing on Inchcolm Island?

 Explore the island’s historic Abbey – The ‘Iona of the east’ one of the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. The Island is also a haven for wildlife and is well-known for its wartime coastal defences. 

(You must purchase a landing pass to land on Inchcolm Island. You will be on the island for a minimum of 90-minutes)

Please note that on the days when we are landing on the island the last sailing of the day does NOT allow for a stopover on Inchcolm Island. We only stop at Inchcolm on the final sailing to collect passengers. Inchcolm Island is not suitable for wheelchair users. 

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Ticket Prices

Adult (16+)
Concession (aged 60+)
Child Age 5-15
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children)
Child Under 5
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Inchcolm Island landing pass

Adult Inchcolm Landing
Concession Inchcolm Landing (60+)
Child Inchcolm Landing
Child Under 5 Inchcolm Landing
Historic Scotland Member

What's included

  • Firth of Forth boat trip
  • Unrivalled views of the Three Bridges
  • Observation lounge or outside decks
  • Seals and puffins
  • Fun day out with friends and family

Wildlife and the sights

During your cruise look out for the marine wildlife including many seabirds, seals and watch out for the occasional porpoise. Binoculars are available to hire for a small, refundable deposit. Just ask a member of our crew.

Your cruise includes a 1½ hour landing on Inchcolm Island. Explore the island’s historic Abbey – one of the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. The Island is also a haven for wildlife and is well-known for its wartime coastal defences.

For your comfort

There is a café-bar serving a selection of hot and cold drinks and light snacks. Guests are welcome to enjoy the sea breeze and views from the outside decks, some of which have weatherproof seating. If the weather is less inviting, the observation lounge has fantastic views. A guided commentary means you won’t miss a thing wherever you sit. And, of course, you will get to see the three Forth bridges as you have never seen them before.

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