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Inchmahome Priory

Port of Menteith, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK8 3RA, Scotland
+44 1877 385294
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Located on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome Priory was founded in 1238 and much of the 13th century building remains. Inchmahome Priory is a beautifully situated monastery, founded by a small community of Augustinian canons led by Walter Comyn, the Earl of Menteith. The isolated island location gave the perfect tranquility for worship, and the priory has links with many famous historical names including Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots and Sir Walter Scott. Today you can explore the chapter house and its collection of stone memorials including a rare 13th century double effigy. The island is also home to a wide variety of plant and wildlife. Founded around 1238, the priory was home to Augustinian canons for more than 300 years. There are some beautifully-decorated features and fine medieval carved graveslabs. The island is perfect for a short walk or a waterside picnic. It is a haven for wildlife. Look for the Spanish chestnuts and the boxwood bower supposedly planted by Mary.
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3 days ago
“Nice boat ride to island.”
2 weeks ago
“very worthwhile visit”
Port of Menteith, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK8 3RA, Scotland
+44 1877 385294
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I arrived early so I could take the first boat out. There was a slight delay due to the island being "off the grid" and the staff had to fix this before taking people out to the island. The boat captains also work the island....More

Thank 900Paula2011
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our visit was "on the spur of the moment". It was a really good decision. It began with the short ferry crossing across the lake - beautiful in itself- to the island home of the priory. A very interesting ruin with informative signage and very...More

Thank sedraper3
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

You arrive by small boat as the priory ruins are on an island. You need to pay at the Historic Scotland shop to get the boat back. The island isn't large but there is a nice walk around and some simply fantastic old trees to...More

Thank Kath M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great few hours here. The island was particularly stunning as the bluebells were out. Will be back with a picnic and the kids.

Thank lovetorove4
Reviewed 18 May 2017

We took the 10 minute boat trip out to the island and were blown away by the wash of bluebells carpeting it. They are so profuse the perfume was heady. The Priory itself if an interesting ruin but with well documented history boards that take...More

Thank eviefox2016
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Little I can add to other comments, except to urge you to visit. We chanced on a beautiful day and loved every minute. First boat out is at 10am and we seemed to be the only customers (you pay on the island) but were eventually...More

Thank tyketyke
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Short boat trip across the lake to a small island where you can walk around in in 10 minutes and take time to explore the priory ruins and hillocks, paths and ancient trees. The ferryman also has interesting information about the lake, crannogs and spitfire...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 20 April 2017

As soon as you board the boat at the boat hose and are greeted by the boatman you know the trip will be good. The island is lovely to walk round and the priory full of history fully explained with information board's. Staff are great...More

Thank Brian E
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

I visited this attraction with my wife on a rather cold but very still day in April. It was amazing. Such a peaceful place with scenery to behold. The monastery is steeped I history with lots of information panels to help you get an insight...More

Thank lenster57
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We went there on a sunny day and it was so beautiful. Too bad that there were fences, but totally understandable because it still is a work of art and should be protected from too many tourists! I loved the view on the lake, loved...More

Thank Lynn C
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Are dogs allowed on the boat/island?
2 June 2016|
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Response from fatlegs78 | Reviewed this property |
I am pretty sure dogs are welcome on the island as long as they are kept on a lead. I would give them a call before heading off just to make sure though.
Tracey-anne M
Hi, My sister and I are planning a visit on the 30th April (afternoon) or 2nd May. Will the ferry be available to the priory? I also wondered if a visit to Inchtalla were possible? I am in the process of writing a novel and access would be wonderful. Thank you kindly, Tracey-anne.
1 April 2015|
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Hi Tracey Yes the boat runs regularly every day between 10am and 4.15pm and the trip out to the island takes about 7 minutes. We occasionally have to suspend sailings if it is too rough for a safe landing,so suggest phoning... More