Inchmahome Priory can be found on Scotland's only lake - The Lake of Menteith. The island is looked after by Historic Scotland, who run a passenger ferry service daily from March to November. The lake is close to Aberfoyle in the Trossachs.
Famously the island was visited by Robert The Bruce in 1306 and in 1547 by Mary Queen of Scots who stayed on the island as a young child. The first settlers cameto the island and founded the priory in 1238. The thirteenth century monastery is now in ruins, information panels help to show the original layout of the building.
Visiting Inchmahome Priory
There is free parking for Inchmahome Priory at a designated car park. If there isn't a boat waiting for you as you arrive on the jetty just turn the board around at the end of the pier to indicate that you require a ferry.
A short ferry ride, will take you to the island. Visit the Gift Shop as you arrive to buy your ticket, you'll need this for your return boat trip.
There is a free Children's Explorer Quiz available from the Gift Shop, with some picture clues for kids to answer on their visit to the island.
You can walk around the edge of the island and see a variety of birds. Look out especially for ospreys because there are some nests nearby and they like to hunt on the lake where there is a plentiful supply of fish. Close to the pier you can record your sightings on a blackboard.
Lake of Menteith Hotel
I can highly recommend the Lake of Menteith Hotel for food, especially Sunday Lunch. There are good views of the lake from the restaurant.
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