This evening, I am posting information on Inchcolm Island in Scotland’s Firth of Forth ( bay or estuary) near Edinburgh.

Inchcolm, or ‘Island of Colm’ is home to a wealth of history and offers excellent views of the famous Firth which is a busy shipping channel and spanned by the famous Forth Bridges, with a third bridge currently under construction.

Inchcolm is famous for its ruined ecclesiastical abbey complex which ranges in dates from the 12th to 15th centuries. The abbey ceased to function during the Scottish Reformation in 1560 and has been in a rined state ever since. However, the island was clearly a special place prior to construction of the abbey as evidenced by a 10th century, Viking-era ‘hogback’ burial marker which is now in the island’s museum.

In the 20th century, the island was heavily fortified, as a gun battery, to defend against enemy action in both world wars with a peak compliment of 500 men. Remains of some of the remaining defences can be visited.

Access to the island is by tour boat. A good experience.

Be Sociable, Share!