One of the attractions that has been on the top of my Must Do Before We Leave list was Inchcolm Abbey. A cool thing about the Abbey is it is located on the island of Inchcolm in the Firth of Forth. Therefore, the only way to access the island is by boat. We signed up for a 3 hour tour (1.5 hours on the island and the rest on the boat) aboard the Maid of the Forth.
|This is our boat as we are getting ready to board and leave the island.|
|Amelie liked being "in the forest" as she put it. |
The only negative was carrying Liam in the stroller down all of these steps.
Once on the island we had so much fun exploring the Abbey grounds. The Abbey dates back to the 12th century. Like Craigmillar Castle, we were able to explore at our leisure. The kids loved finding staircases, tunnels, and crevices to climb in, on, and through.
|Since coming back to the States, we now have The Bob Stroller. |
With it's large wheels, we can take it anywhere.
|This was the Warming Room of the Abbey where the cannons would congregate. This is why the fireplace was so large. Behind the glass on the side of the fireplace where I was sitting was Latin that was carved into the wall by one of the monks.|
|Amelie enjoying climbing a very narrow spiral staircase.|
In addition to the Abbey, the Island was also home to around 500 soldiers during both World Wars to protect the Royal Navy's base at Rosyth as well as the Forth Rail Bridge from attack by sea. In 1916 an ammunition tunnel was dug through the eastern end of the Island by the Royal Engineers. We were not able to explore this area of the Island as we would have wanted because of time and the large number of nesting birds. Liam and Bobby tried to make a run for some of the buildings but were repeatedly attacked (nothing harmful) by the birds so they turned back.
|The bunkers and other buildings used by the soldiers during the war. You can even see rail tracks which must have been used to transport ammo and other supplies up and down the hill.|
On the boat ride back to mainland, the kids were able to rest a little while Bobby and I were able to talk with a Scottish family about their plans to visit the Florida Keys. We then walked to the nearby village of Queensferry for a delicious (fancy in Amelie's terms) dinner. After dinner we walked on the beach next to our restaurant and had lovely views as the day drew to a close. Bobby and Amelie were able to collect more sea glass while Liam found other treasures. After the walk back to the train station, we then had to wait 45 minutes for the next train. :( To pass time, we talked to the only other couple on the platform. They were from Maine. We finally made it home at 10:45 pm. The kids were such troopers! Don't get me wrong, I do not plan on being out this late any time soon. We had a couple of melt down moments, but overall I'm thankful for the ability of our kids to roll with the punches and have a flexible schedule.
|The Forth Rail Bridge. Construction started in 1883. |
It has the second-longest single cantilever bridge span in the world.
We sailed under it to travel to Inchcolm Island.
The weather has been more rainy over the past couple of days. I was thankful that we did not get rained on at all! Instead, it rained all day the following day which allowed us to play and rest around the apartment.