Have you ever heard of tidal islands? These islands are normally surrounded by water, but when it is low tide the water clears and you can actually walk there. The most famous one, in my opinion, is the island of Mont-Saint-Michel in France. However, you don’t need to go to France to experience this as Edinburgh has its own tidal island: Cramond Island. This day trip to Cramond shows a close up of this natural phenomenon.
Cramond is a village or a suburb located to the north-west of Edinburgh. Hence, it is very easy to get there, as there is a direct bus (bus 41) from the city centre to Cramond. You can take the bus from various stops in Edinburgh (such as The Mount, George Street and Princess Street). In less than an hour, you will be there. Once you arrive you need to get off at Cramond Glebe Road and then walk towards the beach along Cramond Glebe and Cramond Village roads.
Things to do
Cramond is famous for its seashore and of course the island. There are a couple of restaurants and cafes there but what you really should do is walk, either along Cramond Beach, towards the Cramond Island or by the River Almond. This walk covers everything.
When we visited the area, we (partially) followed the River Almond part and then we decided to walk to Queensferry because it was still too early to cross. However, (almost) halfway to Queensferry we changed our minds and returned back so that we can cross the island. In the end, we didn’t have time to walk the Cramond Beach, but we still enjoyed our day trip.
Tip: Make sure you check the tide times carefully! You don’t want to be left on the island when the sea covers the footpath and be rescued by a boat. The tide times can be found both online and on a board near the footpath in Cramond.
Day Trip to Cramond – Photo Diary
P.S. This day trip to Cramond was the last trip I organised for the Photographic Society of the University of Edinburgh. I hope you (virtually) enjoyed it! Don’t forget to check out my other photo diaries here.