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Tree Climbing with Mary Queen of Scots

Tree Climbing with Mary Queen of Scots
We made a spur-of-the-moment decision to head out to the Lake of Menteith (Scotland's only lake) recently for a wee trip to Inchmahome Priory, which is on a tranquil and relaxing island about an hour away from Glasgow.

We took the motorboat (or speed boat as A called it - he doesn't get out much) across the lake, which was busy with fishermen, to the island. There's a small kiosk where you pay (free for Historic Scotland members) and you can pick up a guide or details of trails and quizzes for kids.

We started ours but were soon distracted by the chance to skim stones, climb trees (not the really historic ones!), explore the priory ruins and enjoy the wildlife (taking photos obviously) as we walked round the island. Some of the trees are ancient and it would be nice to think that Mary Queen of Scots played amongst them when she stayed here as a girl.

We will definitely be back to enjoy the calm of the island again - a great day out.

(Admission fees (boat trip included) for non-members: Adults - £5.50, Concs - £4.40 and Children - £3.30. Closed November to March)

Visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/places/propertyresults/propertyabout.htm?PropID=PL_157&PropName=Inchmahome%20Priory
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