We were spoilt for choice in terms of the places we could head to, but as the weather was so good we thought a bit of time exploring Inchmahome might be good and it had the added benefit of being on its own island as well as being a ruins rather than a well preserved castle.
Inchamahome is situated on a small island on a lake in Kippan, close to Stirling. There is a boat that shuttles too and fro from the island and it’s a lovely journey across the water – it was very calm on the day of our visit and it was nice to head out across the lake.
The island itself is so very peaceful and quiet and the history it holds is incredible. Daniel will tell you that it’s a place Mary Queen of Scots visited as a child, and, as we gazed around the ruins it’s hard not to wonder at the things that went on, and how bleak it must have been in the bitterly cold winter months., and it’s not surprise that the Priory is closed from November to March.
When we arrived on the island we headed to the loo then had a short walk around. There is a small shop on the island where you pay for tickets as well as pick up a small souvenir or two. They also had a spotter checklist that the children picked up and completed as we headed around the island (although I don’t think we managed to get all of them).
There’s a lot to explore here and it’s a nice place to take a picnic too and simply sit back and relax. There’s plenty of shaded space, afforded by the many trees, and to walk the circumference of the island doesn’t take long at all. The children enjoyed having a good explore and I enjoyed observing the ruins, wondering at the stories they had witnessed over the many years.
Ticket prices are reasonable at £7.50 per adult and £4.50 for children five and over, and the includes the boat travel to and from the island.