Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith

This evening, I am posting information on Inchmahome Priory, a ruin situated on an island in the middle of the Lake of Menteith, near to Aberfoyle in central Scotland. Access is by small boat Salient features of the Priory’s history include:

  • Established by Augustinian canons under the patronage of Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith in 1238.
  • The church and chapter house are in reasonable condition but the cloisters in a state of ruin. The Chapter House houses a collection of carved stones (effigies).

Inchmahome Priory, Scotland

  • Robert the Bruce visited in 1306, 1308 and 1310.
  • Mary, Queen of Scots was taken here for sanctuary at age 5 years by her mother, Marie de Guise in September 1547 for a period of about three weeks to escape the ‘rough wooing’ policies of King Henry VIII of England who wished to have Mary betrothed to his son, Edward. At the time there was an English military force at Leith, near Edinburgh.
  • Religious life came to an end with the Scottish Reformation in 1560.

Inchmahome Priory, Scotland

The Priory is now a popular and pleasant visitor attraction have been highlighted by the English travel writer H.V. Morton in the 1930s.

The island is a home for flora and birdlife.

Inchmahome Island, Lake of Menteith, Scotland

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