Scotland Travel

Inchmahome Priory

Inchmahome Priory is a must see if you are near Stirling. It’s a lovely ruin of an old priory, but what makes it very special is the fact that is surrounded by a lake. There are boats that bring tourists to the priory and the fee for this is included in the price for visiting the priory. It’s so worth visiting it.

Inchmahome Priory, ruins and grass

I have to admit that the main reason for me wanting to visit the priory was its secluded location. The Inchmahome Priory was established by Augustinian canons in 1238. Its location meant that the island acted as a sanctuary for royal visitors. King Robert the Bruce came here three times and Mary Queen of Scots visited once, in 1547, aged four, and stayed for three weeks.

On the boat towards Inchmahome Priory

As I mentioned, the priory is on one of the islands in Lake of Menteith.

On the lake, going to Inchmahome Priory

It can be a lovely adventure if you are enjoying boat trips. I got seasickness quite fast. So, I’ve wondered why I wanted to visit the priory in the first place, before wondering if I can swim back instead of taking the boat (not an option, too cold and way too far).

Entrance to the Inchmahome Priory

Back on dry land, I was happy to walk around the island. Besides the lovely ruins, visitors can have a picnic and also go on a circular trail that surrounds the shores of the island.

Inchmahome Priory. Ruin of wall with windows

Door at Inchmahome Priory


Inchmahome Priory in ruins

Inchmahome Priory, ruins of the walls and passages

Inchmahome Priory. Ruins of the building

Tomb at Inchmahome Priory

This tomb is quite unique. It shows Walter Stewart and his wife Mary in an embrace. He died in 1295, a few years after her. This is both wonderful and sad at the same time.

Inchmahome Priory. Ruins

Lake near the priory

If you are lucky, you might be able to spot some otters. We didn’t see any though.

Ruins of Inchmahome Priory

Boat pier

We were now ready to go back, after I’ve had a drink and bought a book about Mary Queen of Scots, from the small but lovely gift shop that is on the island.

Lake Inchmahome Priory

How gorgeous is the lake? I’ve loved watching it, despite not being keen on the boat trip.

Swan at Inchmahome Priory

The swan was paddling along the shore when we got back.

Inchmahome Priory is at Boatshed, Port of Menteith, By Kippen, Stirling, FK8 3RA. There is small car park that is free of charge. Members of Historic Environment Scotland visit free of charge, for members of English Heritage the entrance is free or with a discount, depending on how long you’ve been a member. The rest are paying £9 for adults and the children ticket is £5.40.

5 Comment

  1. Oh, this is beautiful and I love that it’s set on an island. I bet it was gorgeous in its heyday. (Not that I would have wanted to visit then. I’m currently reading The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England and I don’t think I was cut out for that time period!!)

    1. It’s funny, isn’t it? We complain about some of the modern things and ignore how amazing our lives are comparing to those living only a few hundred years ago.

      1. I know. I’m disgusted by all the toxic carping on social media. Too many people are clueless as to how good life really is.

  2. What an amazing place! I’d probably be seasick soon on the boat as well. The ruins are spectacular, and that tomb with an embracing couple is very moving.

  3. This must have been an amazing retreat for royalty back in the day. The ruins are stunning. That tomb is so beautiful.

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