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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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  • Loved walking across the causeway to Cramond Island and walking round the island itself. Wonderful views across the Firth of Forth to the Hills of Fife.  more »
  • This free little island centered in the Firth of the Forth river offers views of both sides of the river, Inchmickery and also Incholm Abbey on Inchcolm. The walkway across to Cramond Island can be sl...  more »
  • Have visited Cramond Island on many occasions over the years. If you are visiting Cramond Village, well worth taking a stroll out to the island to take in the views. Tidal times and safe crossing peri...  more »
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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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