- Created: February 17, 2017
- Distance Instructions
- Distance 2 km
- Duration 30 min
- AVG speed 4.0 km/h
- Min altitude 0 m
- Peak 0 m
- Climb 0 m
- Descent 0 m
Inchcolm Island sits in the Firth of Forth just off the shores of Aberdourand is a wonderful place to visit.
The island is home to Inchcolm Abbey and offers some fascinating walking for those with an interest in the history of Fife.
To reach the island you have to travel there by boat. Maid of the Forth run a daily service to the island and you can book tickets at their office In North Queensferry (point of departure) or online through their website at http://www.maidoftheforth.co.uk/inchcolm-island
The boat ride is fantastic and takes visitors on a tour of the Firth of Forth where you can see seals and a multitude of birdlife accompanied by a running commentary supplied by the captain. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way so make sure you bring your camera.
The island is managed by Historic Scotland and is open to the public from 1 April to 30 September. There is a fee for visiting the abbey which is free for Member/Explorer Pass holder. Historic Scotland provides a informative visitor centre, gift shop and toilet facilities for visitor to the island. You can find out more about opening times and prices by visiting https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/inchcolm-abbey/
The abbey itself is recognised as being the best preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland and it’s location is simply stunning. Most of the Abbey is accessible but there some narrow staircases to be navigated which may not be suitable for all.
The paths around the island lead you into another part of the island’s history that of both WW1 and WW2. The island has defences scattered across it which are interesting to explore and by doing so you realise why the island was such a good place to defend the nearby dockyard in Rosyth.
While not a serious walking route, it does offers some magnificent scenery and places to explore. Best avoided when the local seagull colony is nesting as it is both noisy and annoying. Make sure you pack a picnic and something to drink when you visit as there is no cafe on the island.
A very enjoyable wander.
Route shared with Walk Fife by Monica W.
View route on OS Maps -
1. Start - South Queensferry
To reach the island you have to travel there by boat. Maid of the Forth run a daily service to the island and you can book tickets at their office In North Queensferry (point of departure) or online through their website.
Make sure you pack a picnic and something to drink when you visit as there is no cafe on the island.