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Inchmahome Priory, Trossachs National Park.

Posted by Luci Ackers on 18 March 2015
Related property: Tigh Mor Trossachs
Inchmahome Priory, Trossachs National Park

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Inchmahome Priory sits on an island in the middle of the Lake Menteith in the heart of the Trossachs. The Priory was founded in 1238 and now sits in peaceful ruins in this stunning location. The isolated island location provided the perfect tranquility for worship by the Augustinian canons who founded it. Since their time it has housed a number of famous historical people over the years. Mary Queen of Scots stayed here for several weeks in the 16th century, when the priory was used as a refuge for her and her mother.

Hop aboard the little passenger ferry from the pier at Lake Menteith and travel the 10 minute journey across the water, enjoying the lovely scenery along the way. Though in ruins, you can still easily make out the plan of the priory, and large window arches, walls and pillars still stand. The remains of a bell tower are evident in the north west corner of what was once the church and visitors can explore the chapter house too, which still remains in remarkably good condition. Here there is a collection of stone memorials which include a rare 13th century double effigy and various examples of decorative stonework. There are some beautifully decorated features and fine medieval carved grave slabs to see.

The area is great for a short walk with not just the ruins to explore, but a variety of plant and wildlife too. Don't forget to pack up some lunch so you can enjoy a picturesque picnic spot at the water's edge. This is a peaceful place and it isn't difficult to picture it as it once stood, all those hundreds of years ago.

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Luci Ackers

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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