Cramond - island & village

[Plan to head out to the island while the tide's still receding. Bring binoculars for the birds!]

Cramond is almost part of Edinburgh yet at the same time a world apart. 5 miles from the city centre, it's a sleepy suburb with a central cluster of sights for the casual visitor, backing onto the Forth. Just uphill from the tiny harbour lies historic Cramond Kirk, while beside it are the remains of a large Roman Fort. Probably the biggest attraction once you've checked the tide times is a wander across the (tidal) causeway to Cramond Island, from which there are excellent 360° views towards Edinburgh, along the Forth and out to all its other islands... if you turn a blind eye to the litter first :(

[Restored Cramond Tower, opposite the kirk and fort]

📌 Cramond, Kirk, Roman Fort ☆☆☆
Location (car park): 5 miles west of central Edinburgh, G.R.: NT 190771 ///open.notice.ducks

📌 Cramond Island ★☆☆
Location: Tidal island a mile north of Cramond, G.R.: NT 197785 ///haven.smooth.actual
Anything else? Park at Cramond village, then follow the mile-long causeway onto the island. Be aware of safe crossing times and leave ample time to explore the island's high ground, shoreline and military defences. Combine with a stroll along the River Almond if waiting for the tides. Causeway is likely to be wet / muddy, although with a concrete base. Informal, occasionally muddy paths on the island.

[Looking across the Forth to Inchkeith, military defences in the foreground]


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