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Over 20 of our staffed sites have now reopened and we are delighted to welcome you back. Booking in advance is recommended to guarantee entry. Find out more and book now

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Access

Access to parts of the island may be restricted between May and August when some seabirds aggressively protect their young. 

What will be open during your visit

All areas of this site will be open. Please be sure to follow any safety messaging on site.

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.

Parking

On-street parking is available in South Queensferry.

Approach to site

Two commercial ferries sail to the island, both from South Queensferry (Maid of the Forth and Forth Tours). Both boats have narrow gangways onto them.

The island pier has 20 stone steps (the descent may be shorter, depending on the tide).

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Inchcolm Abbey, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

1 Apr to 31 Oct:
Thur to Mon, 10am to 4pm

Closed:
1 Nov to 31 Mar

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