Cramond

City of Edinburgh | Cramond | Village | ★★

[Restored Cramond Tower, opposite the kirk and fort]

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 mile-long causeway to Cramond Island, from which there are excellent 360° views towards Edinburgh, along the Forth and out to all its other islands... notwithstanding the plentiful litter :(

[Cramond Island]

Location

📌 Cramond, Kirk, Roman Fort ★★
City of Edinburgh. Main village car park is at G.R.: NT 190771 ///open.notice.ducks
Always open | Free

🚶 The interesting part of the village is tiny. Cramond Island and Laurison Castle are each about 1 mi walk away, the former by a tidal causeway. There is no easy access to Dalmeny House or the coast path west from here, due to the lack of a bridge over the river.
🚌 There are direct buses from Edinburgh city centre.



See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Cramond Island ★★★
1 mi north on foot from Cramond village, G.R.: NT 197785 ///haven.smooth.actual
Always open (but access is tidal) | Free

Anything else? Park in Cramond village, then walk along the tidal causeway to the island on a receding tide. 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 often wet / muddy, though with a concrete base. Informal, occasionally muddy paths on the island.

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Dalmeny House ★★★ (1 mi ←)
>> Lauriston Castle ★★★★ (1 mi →)
>> Walk: Cramond to Queensferry - foray along the Forth ★★★ (1 mi ↓)
>> Walk: On safari at Corstorphine Hill ★★★ (2 mi ↓)
>> Corstorphine Dovecot (3 mi ↓)
>> Dalmeny Kirk ★★ (3 mi ←)
>> Edinburgh Zoo ★★★★★ (3 mi ↓)

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

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