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Inchcolm Abbey - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Inchcolm Island, Burntisland KY3 0UA, UK


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About Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey is a medieval abbey located on the island of Inchcolm in the Firth of Forth in Scotland. The Abbey, which is located at the centre of the island, was founded in the 12th century during the episcopate of Gregoir, Bishop of Dunkeld. Later tradition placed it even earlier, in the reign of King Alexander I of Scotland , who probably had some involvement in the island; he was apparently washed ashore there after a shipwreck in 1123, and took shelter in a hermit's hovel.

Attractions Near Inchcolm Abbey

Black Sands
Black Sands2.4km from Inchcolm Abbey

Black Sands is a small sandy, shingle, quiet, tranquil and secluded stretch of sand with rocky outcrops nestling on the south side of the village of Aberdour next to the harbour. The beach is a fun place to visitand to take in the views of the Firth of Forth. Its natural features make it popular with the visitor and locals alike providing an ideal natural retreat.

Firth of Forth
Firth of Forth2.67km from Inchcolm Abbey

The Firth of Forth is one of Scotland's most important estuaries, formed by several Scottish rivers. It is located in the east of the country where the River Forth meets the North Sea. The area is home to a large number of bird species and other wildlife. The firth is also an important transport route, with the Forth Bridge and Forth Road Bridge carrying road and rail traffic across the water. The Firth of Forth is an essential part of Scotland's ecosystem and economy and is greatly valued.

Aberdour Castle
Aberdour Castle2.82km from Inchcolm Abbey

Aberdour Castle lies close to Aberdour's railway station. It is a building that over a five hundred year period slowly moved from west to east with the successive building of new stages of accommodation more suited to the needs and aspirations of the owners of the day. The earliest part of the castle was a modest hall house, on a site overlooking the Dour Burn. Over the next 400 years, the castle was successively expanded according to contemporary architectural ideas. The hall house became a tow

Silver Sands Beach, Aberdour
Silver Sands Beach, Aberdour2.83km from Inchcolm Abbey

Aberdour Silver Sands is one of the most popular and attractive resorts on the Fife coast. The beach offers the freshness and variety of the seaside as well as the peace and tranquility of the countryside. The shore, in its charming setting, looks out to the islands of Inchmickery and Inchcolm, where there is a famous Abbey. The Fife Coastal Path passes by this beach and it has many facilities such as toilets, cafe, showers and picnic areas. Beach Lifeguards patrol the beach over the summer hol

Cramond Island
Cramond Island4.18km from Inchcolm Abbey

Cramond Island is a tidal island in the Firth of Forth reached at low tide by a causeway which extends for just over ¾ of a mile into the river from the village of Cramond. The island is part of the Dalmeny Estate, owned by the Rosebery Estates Partnership, and is let to Cramond Boat Club. It is believed that Romans first constructed a defence on the island for their harbour at Cramond. In the 1800s the Island was mainly used to graze sheep.

Deep Sea World
Deep Sea World6.07km from Inchcolm Abbey

Deep Sea World is a popular aquarium located in the village of North Queensferry, in Fife, Scotland. It is host to a collection of large sand tiger sharks, also known as ragged toothed sharks or grey nurse sharks, and various other species of shark. One of the main attractions is the 112 m long transparent acrylic underwater viewing tunnel, which is one of the longest of its kind in the world.

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Fife is a council area, historic county, registration county and lieutenancy area of Scotland. It is situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, with inland boundaries with Perth and Kinross and Clackmannanshire. Fife is Scotland's third largest local authority area by population. It has a resident population of just under 367,000, over a third of whom live in the three principal towns, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes.