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Opening times

Inchcolm Abbey is currently closed to allow for the completion of pier refurbishment.





On-street parking is available in South Queensferry.

Approach to site

Two ferries sail from South Queensferry to the island. Visitors must be able to climb the steps into and out of either boat.

Both boats are boarded via a narrow gangway. The island pier has 20 stone steps (fewer at high tide).

Forth Tours
Telephone: 0870 118 1866
Website: www.forthtours.com

Maid of the Forth
Telephone: 0131 331 5000
Website: www.maidoftheforth.co.uk

Visitor centre

A loose gravel path leads from the ferry landing to the visitor centre. Access to the path is up a metal stair with handrails on both sides. Alternatively, please ask the steward about ramped access.


The abbey is 180m from the ferry landing up a gentle slope. Entry to both the east and west doors is over a threshold. Light levels can be very low inside.

Access to the abbey’s upper levels is via uneven stairs.

The bell tower is reached by a very narrow and steep stone spiral staircase and then steep wooden ladder-steps.


First and Second World War ruins are reached along very uneven and steep rocky paths. Gulls may attack during nesting season (March to July) if you get too close.


Nearest adapted toilet is on the mainland, about 1.5 miles from the ferry piers, at:

Ferry Muir
EH30 9QZ


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Inchcolm Abbey, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended. A no fouling rule applies at all our sites.

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