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Cramond Island, Edinburgh

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Cramond Island is one of several islands in the Firth of Forth in eastern Scotland, near Edinburgh. It lies off the foreshore at Cramond. It is long and covers. The island is part of the Dalmeny Estate, owned by the Rosebery Estates Partnership, and is let to Cramond Boat Club.GeographyCramond Island is a tidal island about one mile (1.6 km) out to sea, which is connected to the mainland at low tide across the Drum Sands. A paved path, exposed at low water, allows easy access. This causeway runs at the foot of a row of concrete pylons on one side of the causeway, which were constructed as a submarine defence boom during the Second World War and are one of the most striking sights in the area. At high tide the path is covered by several feet of seawater which cuts the island off from the mainland. It is safe to walk along the raised causeway to the island at low tide, but only if visitors ensure that they leave enough time to return to the mainland before the water rises. The speed at which the tide comes in can easily trap the unwary. A large signpost (located at the start of the causeway) warns visitors of the danger. If this warning is ignored, there can be serious accidents or people may be stranded on the island until the next low tide. In 2011, a Daniel Defoe of Livingston, West Lothian and an unidentified female found themselves trapped on the island due to miscalculating the times of the tide. This story gained the attention due to the ironic parallels with Robinson Crusoe; a novel written by the 17th century writer Daniel Defoe. Coastguards recommend that the crossing is only attempted during the two hours either side of low water. The island is in the estuary of the River Almond whose mouth is near the landward end of the crossing. It is a popular recreation area.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Fun to be able to walk to this place which is an island for roughly half the day during high tides. The island is small, but there are a few hiking trails and places to explore. Beautiful wild flowers...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    This is a place have visit a lot of times over the years an have had a lot of lovely walks. You can walk up the river cross river and walk to Queensferry and walk to Cramond Island when tide out. It i...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    A small path from a particular time, when the tide, is no longer passable, and access to the island is covered with water, the way you can walk perfectly and from the island we can see the coast. Visit liked very much, also a great opportunity to take beautiful photos. You should go by bus to the town, but they are not more than 20 minutes. Recommended 100%
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  • Great place for afternoon walk, bbq and beautiful sunsets. At low tide Crammond Island is accessible by foot.
  • So disappointed. Water really dirty, as was the beach. We saw several doggie poo bags lying along the beach and while digging in the sand to make a sand castle, my toddler unearthed another one which he was playing with before we noticed!! Won't be back unfortunately
  • Lovely place. Recommended to everyone visiting Edinburgh!
  • Nice beautiful place.. Nice walking area
  • Really nice spot. You can walk to the island with low tide.

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