Historic Scotland

Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 to 31 October
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

1 November to 31 March:





On-street parking is available in South Queensferry.

Approach to site

Two ferries sail from South Queensferry to the island. Visitors must be able to climb the steps into and out of either boat.

Both boats are boarded via a narrow gangway. The island pier has 20 stone steps (fewer at high tide).

Forth Tours
Telephone: 0870 118 1866
Website: www.forthtours.com

Maid of the Forth
Telephone: 0131 331 5000
Website: www.maidoftheforth.co.uk

Visitor centre

A loose gravel path leads from the ferry landing to the visitor centre. Access to the path is up a metal stair (with handrails) or you can ask the steward about ramped access.


The abbey is 180m from the ferry landing up a gentle slope. Entry to both the east and west doors is over a threshold. Light levels can be very low inside.

Access to the abbey’s upper levels is via uneven stairs.

The bell tower is reached by a very narrow and steep stone spiral staircase and then steep wooden ladder-steps.


First and Second World War ruins are reached along very uneven and steep rocky paths. Gulls may attack during nesting season (March to July) if you get too close.


Nearest adapted toilet is on the mainland, at:

Ferry Muir
EH30 9QZ

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome:

  • at all Historic Scotland properties
  • within roofed areas

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