Cramond Island, Scotland

Scottish landscape

A stroll over the causeway to Cramond Island at low tide is a pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon. Moreover, from the island's highest point, almost 21 meters / 70 feet above sea level, you can enjoy beautiful views of the three Forth Bridges, the Fife coast, Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh Castle, as well as the islands of Inchcolm and Inchmickery to the north.

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Accessible only at low tide, Edinburgh's Cramond Island is a beautiful tidal stretch of land surrounded by the waters of the Firth of Forth, just 11 kilometers / 7 miles from the city center. The island is a perfect day trip destination, taking a couple of hours to explore.

It is one of 43 tidal islands accessible by foot from the British mainland and one of 17 accessible from the mainland of Scotland. The island is relatively small, only 480 meters / 0.3 miles long, and covers 19 acres. It is accessible through a one-kilometer (0.6 miles) causeway walkway.

Except for a few species of seabirds that dwell on the Forth, Cramond Island is uninhabited and popular with walkers and wild campers. The island's extensive grassy areas make it an ideal location for a picnic. There are numerous places where you can ease shoes off with your feet and walk along the sandy beach looking for seashells.

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A Bit of History

The deserted 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 supply power to the island's military installations.

The causeway itself is a thrilling experience. It is longer than the island and lined with pylons built during WWII to prevent boats and submarines from slipping through at high tide. A long series of identical in places broken massive concrete teeth creates an impressive uncompromising 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 for graze sheep. For many years, the island has been an informal venue for punk events.

Cramond Island in Pictures

Scottish landscape

Cramond Island, Scotland

Cramond Island

Scotland landscape

Cramond Island, Scotland

How to Get to Cramond Island

The island is simple to reach. Between Edinburgh's city center and Cramond village, the 41 bus runs. The ride is around 40 minutes long. There is a short walk from the bus stop to the causeway that leads to the island.

Renting a Car

If you do not have your vehicle in Edinburgh and Scotland, renting a car will save time and allow you to travel comfortably from one fascinating place to another. The best site to book a car in Edinburgh is Discover, a leader in online car rental reservations. They compare car rental deals from many companies to find the best one for your trip.

Tide Times

Check tide times before crossing the causeway. You can also get safe Cramond Island crossing timings by texting the word CRAMOND to 81400. Furthermore, there is a tide table to the right of the causeway leading to the island. 

Because the tide can come in extremely quickly, give yourself sufficient time to explore an island as well as enough time to return along the causeway before the waters close over it. Every year some people get stuck on the island and need to be rescued by boat.

Accommodation in Edinburgh

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According to this online travel agency for lodging reservations, Rose Apartment, The Rutland Hotel & Apartments, and Edinburgh Old Town Apartment are some of the best hotels in Scotland's capital city near Edinburgh Castle.

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  1. How very interesting that Cramond Island is available to stroll over the sand causeway at low tide. But I would really keep an eye on my timing to get back and stay dry. A very picturesque and different spot to add to a visit to Edinburgh. Linda (LD Holland)

  2. Amazing. I think I heard of this place before on a travel show. I am saving the pin for future reference.

  3. This looks so beautiful - never would I have expected such a lovely beach in Scotland - I expected those beaches rather rough and nordic. I haven't been to Scotland but it's way up high on my list - and I'll make sure to visit Cramond Island, too, once I go.

  4. Wow Cramond Island is so beautiful. I have never been to Scotland till date but definitely have it on my list. I will ensure to add Cramond Island to my list. A walk by the beach will be absolutely amazing.

  5. Wow all of your pictures look amazing. I love traveling to places like this that are so full of nature and beautiful scenery. I love being active while on vacating so hiking with a beautiful view around me is my preference! I had no idea Scotland had such nice beaches as well, you learn something new every day!!

  6. Very cool! I love islands like this that you can reach via causeway. I always worry about getting back in time, so it is great to know there are resources to keep track of that for Cramond Island. It would be fascinating to see the WWII remains.