Cramond Island

Scottish landscape

A low tide stroll over the causeway to Cramond Island is a pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon. Furthermore, from the island's 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.

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.

The island is only 480 meters / 0.3 miles long and 8 hectares / 19 acres in size. A one-kilometer (0.6-mile) causeway walkway connects it to the island. A total of 43 tidal islands are accessible from the mainland of Britain and 17 from the mainland of Scotland.

Cramond Island is uninhabited except for a few species of seabirds that live on the Forth, but it is popular with walkers and wild campers. The island's extensive grassy areas make it an ideal spot for a picnic. There are numerous locations where you can remove your shoes 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.

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Tide Times

Check tide times before crossing the causeway. There is also 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.

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