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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, 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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  • this is a small island close to the beach it is good to have a walk out at low tide and have a look around but beware of the incoming tide or you will be stuck on the island until next low tide.  more »
  • This was on the top of our list of things to do in Edinburgh, simply because it is fairly unique (how often do you get to walk to an island that is accessible by foot at low tide?), and we managed to ...  more »
  • This is a nice short walk to take not far from the centre of Edinburgh. From the walkway you can see all sorts of wading birds and the island has lovely views of the sea and coastline. Also got the re...  more »