02 Oct Visit to Inchcolm

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Inchcolm is one of the four ‘Inches’ (Inch is the Gaelic word for island) in the Firth of Forth just off the coast of Edinburgh and Fife.  Inchcolm is the largest of the four and boasts a 12th Century Augustine abbey and also ruins of World War 1 and 2 fortifications that were built to defend Edinburgh, the Forth Rail Bridge and the Royal Navy dockyard at Forsyth.

Inchcolm is Innis Choluim in Gaelic and means Columba’s Island.  St Columba, the Irish missionary, is said to have visited the island in 567AD and Inchcolm is known a the Iona of the East, after the island of Iona on the west coast of Scotland where St Columba first made landfall when bringing Christianity to Scotland in the 6th Century.
We booked a landing trip on the ‘Maid of the Forth‘ which gave us 90-minutes to explore the small 22 hectare island that lies 1/4 mile off the coast of Fife.  We really lucked in with the weather as there was bright blue skies, warm  autumnal sunshine and hardly a breath of wind which meant the sea was flat calm, which is pretty unusual at this time of year.

The 30-minute crossing on the ‘Maid of the Forth’ took around 30-minutes, passing under the Forth Rail Bridge and past the oil and gas terminals that had large tankers moored up filling up with North Sea oil and gas.  There were also some great views of Edinburgh, Leith and the other Forth islands. We landed on Inchcolm and…

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