Looking At Edinburgh

30 July 2008

The Maid of the Forth

Inchcolm ferry at sunset, Western Harbour

The Inchcolm Ferry setting off from the Western Harbour at Newhaven, Edinburgh, in the sunset.

The island of Inchcolm is in the Firth of Forth, nearer Fife than the Lothians. (According to the Maid of the Forth website, it’s about three-quarters of an hour to get to Inchcolm from Edinburgh.) Alexander I was stuck on the island for a few stormy days in 1123, and the island’s holy hermit fed him. In kingly gratitude, and also possibly to sleep more comfortably and eat better if he were stuck on the island again in future, Alexander founded an Augustinian abbey on the island.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Maid of the Forth.

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