Cramond Island

Scottish landscape

A low-tide stroll to Cramond Island via the causeway is a pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon. Almost at the doorstep of Edinburgh, the island gives a sense of wildness. Furthermore, from its highest point, nearly 21 meters (70 feet) above sea level, you can see the three Forth Bridges, the Fife coast, Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh Castle, and the islands of Inchcolm and Inchmickery to the north.

Surrounded by the waters of the Firth of Forth, just 11 kilometers (7 miles) from Edinburgh's historical center, Cramond Island is a beautiful tidal stretch of land, only accessible at low tide. The island is only 480 meters (0.3 miles) long and 8 hectares (19 acres) in size. It is a great day trip destination that only takes a couple of hours to explore. A one-kilometer (0.6-mile) causeway walkway connects it to the island.

Cramond Island truly surprised me. I spent two weeks of my summer vacation at the Edinburgh Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite, and I spotted the island one day while walking along the Firth of Forth. I was excited to visit this half-wild, water-surrounded location. I'd never seen a tide before, so I had a lot of fun running out from the causeway when it began.

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Cramond Island Map

The Island's Brief History

The island is littered with World War II ruins, including housings for Coast Artillery Search Lights, gun emplacements, shelters, and two engine rooms that once housed all of the equipment needed to power the island's military installations.

The experience of crossing the causeway is thrilling. Lined with pylons built during WWII to keep boats and submarines from passing through at high tide, it is longer than the island. An extended series of identical in places broken massive concrete teeth creates an impressive architectural style.

Cramond Island was a popular summertime vacation spot in the 19th century, and before the war, shepherds periodically used it as a place to graze sheep. The island has been a popular site for punk events for years.

Cramond Island in Pictures

Scottish landscape
The island's flora

Cramond Island, Scotland
Stones on the island

Cramond Island
Cramond Island's WW2 fortifications

Scotland landscape
Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh's buildings, seen from the island

Cramond Island, Scotland
The tide is rising

How to Get There

The 41 bus runs between Edinburgh's city center and Cramond village, making it easy to get to Cramond Island. The ride lasts about 40 minutes. The causeway that leads to the island is a short walk from the bus stop.

Crossing Times

Before crossing the causeway, check the crossing times. Alternatively, you can text CRAMOND to 81400 to receive safe crossing information from the RNLI. There is also a tide table to the right of the causeway leading to the island.

Give enough time to explore the island and return along the causeway before the tides close over it, as they can come in quickly. Every year, a few people become trapped there and require boat rescue.

Enjoy your visit to Cramond Island!


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