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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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Lovely Island and Priory

This is a lovely priory situated on an island in Scotland's only lake, the Lake of Menteith... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Clive H
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Stirling, United Kingdom
Enjoyeble visit

We had the Explorer Pass which includes the boat trip and Priory. There is not much left of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Julie_from_MI
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Troy, Michigan
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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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Port of Menteith, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park FK8 3RA, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely priory situated on an island in Scotland's only lake, the Lake of Menteith. However unlike Loch Leven, you don't have to book your trip in advance and can turn up on spec, the boat's capacity is 12 and it's a 10...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the Explorer Pass which includes the boat trip and Priory. There is not much left of the priory. I had planned to walk about the island but it was raining hard.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You don't want to miss this place. It's really special and we have spent several hours there. Fantastic place for photo's

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the priory on the island on the Lake of Menteith as part of our honeymoon and it was a lovely trip. It was a scorching hot day and we were lucky enough to have got there early as the queue for transfer boat...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful and pretty little island. We relaxed in seconds. The island was full of flowers. The short trip with the boat was nice and quiek. We spend nearly 2 hours there, sitting on the several banks... have some picnic 😊 the island...More

Thank Melanie S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A quick boat trip to the island taking in the scenery. The priory ruins were nice to explore but only took about 5 minutes to see it all. The island was covered in bluebells which were nice & had some nice views across the lake.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When you have these wee treasures that are only a short hop from the central belt it is unreal that they are not mobbed all the time, in fact on the previous P/H it was....... it was clement then, it sure was on this day,...More

Thank Derek L
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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

We planned a trip here as it was lovely sunny day. When we arrived in the morning it was already busy at the port. Parking was hellish and with three children (two with extra needs) this was a bit dangerous as we couldn't get a...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

A quick 7 minute sailing across to the island. We had a delightful man called Pat take us across, imparting his knowledge of the island on the way! The island itself has a small gift shop which was lovely. We got there early so only...More

2  Thank bateson46
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

12 of us stepped into a small boat to be carried to an island in the Loch Menteith. The auld ferryman answered our questions with a simple, matter-of-fairness seemingly born of the beautiful pastoral panorama surrounding our crossing. We docked in another world— one serene...More

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Doug M
6 April 2018|
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Response from travelingBard23 | Reviewed this property |
We picked up the boat off the pier behind a wonderful inn with restaurant. I can’t guarantee timing in May, as we were there in summer. The day we caught it, the boatman simply ferried passengers to and from continuously... More
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Pegasusofjersey
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.
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Tracey-anne M
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
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