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Inchmahome Priory

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Address: Port of Menteith, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK8 3RA, Scotland
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Set on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome is an...

Set on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome is an idyllically-situated Augustinian monastery dating from 1238. Much of the 13th century building remains. There is a wide range of plant and wildlife on the island.The enchanting ruins of Inchmahome Priory grace the largest of three islands in the Lake of Menteith. The priory was established around 1238 by a small community of Augustinian canons. Their founder and patron was Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith, whose residence stood on the adjacent island of Inch Talla. The secluded location offered the brethren isolation from the secular world, and tranquillity in which to carry out the worship of God. The island sanctuary functioned for over 300 years, offering solace not only to the canons but also royal visitors. King Robert Bruce visited three times, and Mary Queen of Scots once, in 1547, when she was five. In 1560, the Protestant Reformation effectively brought monastic life at Inchmahome to an end.

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Calm, beautiful, abbey ruins

Lovely place to spend an afternoon - even in rain storms. It is a sweet boat ride over and back to Inchmahome Priory which is on a small island in the middle of the Lake of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 February 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Lovely place to spend an afternoon - even in rain storms. It is a sweet boat ride over and back to Inchmahome Priory which is on a small island in the middle of the Lake of Menteith. The priory dates to the 1200's, most notable perhaps as the hiding place of Queen Mary in the 1500's. The grounds are lovingly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Martin took us across the lake to the island by boat and gave us a bit of insight around the area, brilliant and funny man! The island itself is absolutely gorgeous. It really feels like you are in a special place, surrounded by water and a 15 minute walk from side to side. It's truly something to experience especially with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Ensure to visit in the morning as soon as it opens so you have the place virtually to yourself - enjoy the silence and tranquility among the beautiful old ruins and lovely old trees...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

First you have to get the ferry over to the island then once your there there a the Abby ruins then a nice walk around the island over all nice

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We are Historic Scotland annual pass holders so decided to visit here while staying in the area. We arrived very early on a mid-week day during the summer when the sun was splitting the rocks and where able to take the first boat across to the island. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the boat trip across was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is a very special place and the short boat ride to get to the island it sits on makes this an even more unique place to visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

It was a nice little boat ride to the island (approx 10 mins.) Very friendly staff. Just our luck, all of the priory was off limits as they had to do some serious conservation work on the walls. But we did walk around the pretty island with some interesting trees and wildlife. Wear waterproof shoes! The island was a bit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

The day we visited the weather was beautiful, you have to signal the boat across the lake to pick you up and then it is a short ride over to the island. Of the priory itself not much remains but there is lots of information to read and you can walk about the island and explore, it really is very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely day out in nice weather. There are two boats, each taking 12 passengers, so you never need to wait long to get onto the island. The island is fairly small but easy to walk around and there's loads to explore for children. The toilets are basic but clean and there is a small shop that sells... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

From the moment we got in the boat we were in a magical place. The Priory is amazing and the walk through the island with its ancient trees in Watson interesting . Staff were very helpful.

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