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Cramond Island, Edinburgh

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4.4/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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, and is currently part of the Dalmeny Estate, owned by the Earl of Rosebery and Midlothian.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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  • a nice walk for a nice day. Beware of the time and tides as you may get wet. Cramond itself is a popular area in the summer months. 
  • Amazing beachscape and fantastic old army huts to the west and Northern sides of Cramond Island respectively. Hidden gem well worth a visit. Be safe and check RNLI crossing times by texting Cramond to...  read more »
  • This place was one of the first places I visited in Edinburgh and it was worth it hot sunny day (people were even swimming the ocean ) we walked around the island and chilled on the sun for a bit. Hav...  read more »
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