Mentioned by Shakespeare in Macbeth:
“That now Sweno, the Norwayes King,Craves composition:Nor would we deigne him buriall of his men,Till he disbursed, at Saint Colmes ynch,Ten thousand Dollars, to our generall use”
the island lies just off the coast of Fife. It is a popular tourist destination with its Augustine Abbey (dating back to as far as 9th century), the military building remains and offers fantastic views of Edinburgh.
The cruise to the island itself is also full of attractions, as you can admire the Forth bridges, and wildlife (puffins, shags, gulls, porpoises and seals).
It was on my bucket list for a long time because I am a Historic Scotland member and would like to visit as many sites as I could. But my dream was also to see the puffins and seals. And so we did along with 46 members of Gentle Jaunts group.
The island is also inhabited by lots and lots of seagulls and because it was their nesting season, they were getting quite anxious and we experienced a couple of Hitchcock moments. It was still fun!