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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 an anti-boat 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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Wonderful place to explore near to city !Lovely and peaceful village on the sea with the proximity of 30-40 minutes from the city center. The village is nice and small, very peaceful like the beach and the sea. A beautiful walkway starts from there and goes all along the front sea. Nice little harbour at the mouth of the river. Nice to see the place when the tide is low, to discover and walk the path to Cramond Island.
  • This is a beautiful spot. Parking is free at Silverknowes or at Cramond. The walk along the promenade is lovely and if the tides are good a walk over to Cramond island is a must. There are always plenty of people about especially dog walkers. No lighting on the promenade is the only negative.
  • Always enjoy having a walk at Cramond. If the tide is out it is fun to walk across to Cramond Island. Great for buggies, bikes, scooters and roller blades too!
  • Very nice sandy beach, good for walks, you can also walk over the causeway to the island at low tide - keep an eye on the tides though so you won't get stuck there!! There is car park, public toilets and a cafe. Can be busy.
  • Best option to visit before noon... when water is off, then u can reach Cramond Island... Big tides in this areas caueses huge part of sea bottom is available by walk and run, also bike... great for active time with family, children, dogs... any... do not forget your wellies;)jus do not be too long on the island, u can be cut by sea from the shore;)

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