September 12 – Edinburgh Day 4 (Cramond Island)

Something a bit different to finish our expedition in the Edinburgh Area.

A trip to a tidal island – Cramond Island.

Cramond Island

Cramond Island


Situated a few miles North West of Edinburgh, Cramond Island is accessible twice a day for two hours either side of each low tide. We had researched the tide times before we left home, and low tide was late morning so provided we had left the island by 1pm ish we should be alright.

The island is about a mile offshore reached by a raised concrete causeway. Even at low tide this can be slippery! Concrete pylons run parallel to the causeway path – these were used as a submarine defence boom during WWII.

The Causeway

The Causeway

We were expecting a very ‘natural’ island but scattered about it are the remnants of WWII fortifications built to prevent enemy warships attacking the Firth of Forth.

Island Fortifications

Island Fortifications


When we crossed, we passed two ladies who had clearly camped overnight (i.e at HIGH tide), and for a while we thought we had the 19 acre island to ourselves. But as our visit went on, we were aware of more and more people on the island or indeed crossing the causeway to visit.

Looking back at the mainland.. cracking campsite!

Looking back at the mainland.. cracking campsite!


We would have loved to have seen great views across the Firth, but like our previous day, low mist prevented us from getting a good view. Still the low mist, and a nearby ship’s foghorn, added to the eerie atmosphere that a deserted island brings.

Why were we there ? Because there were 3 standard geocaches, and an Earth cache to find. The Earth Cache was based on the causeway, and focussed not on geology but how tides work.

Two of the three standard caches were hidden in the concrete rubble of the WWII buildings – the other under a rock in relatively plain view of muggles as they stepped onto the island.

What a great log book!

What a great log book!

We walked back from the island in good time, content in finding all 4 caches and 2 trackables! Our next destination would be much, much noisier… Blackpool – to see the Blackpool Illuminations!

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