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Inchmahome Priory and the Lake of Menteith

August 16, 2014

If you want a little time out from the world head to Scotland and take the little boat across the Lake of Menteith to Inchmahome Priory, situated on a beautifully wooded island.

Inchmahome Priory (c) John Bainbridge 2014

Inchmahome Priory (c) John Bainbridge 2014

But take my advice and get the first boat – usually just before ten in the morning. And go on a weekday when its quieter. And if you are going this year bear in mind that the boats finish at the end of the summer.

The Augustinian monastery is now a most picturesque ruin. But the priory and the island remains a place for quiet contemplation, with beautiful views across the Lake to the neighbouring islands and the shores beyond.

Inchmahome Priory (c) John Bainbridge 2014

Inchmahome Priory (c) John Bainbridge 2014

The priory was founded by Walter Comyn in the thirteenth century, though there was an earlier Christian settlement on the island. A four year old Mary Queen of Scots spent three weeks there in sanctuary after the Scottish defeat at the Battle of Pinkie.

There are some fine memorials including an effigy of Earl Walter Stewart and his wife Mary, facing each other in a display of affection. A more modern burial is that of the writer, traveller and politician R.B. Cunninghame Grahame – one of the founders of the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Nationalist Party – who was buried there in 1936.

Inchmahome is a fine place to wander around, or just to sit and relax.

Stewart Memorial Inchmahome Priory (c) John Bainbridge 2014

Stewart Memorial Inchmahome Priory (c) John Bainbridge 2014

I recommend a visit, but, as I said above, get there early.

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2014 9:02 pm

    Love that man and wife effigy – unusual for those times I’d say!
    Carol.

  2. August 17, 2014 6:34 am

    I can’t recall another one off hand. There are some wonderful grave slabs there too.

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