Cramond Island: A Tidal Island in Scotland


Cramond Island (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Chathair Amain) is a tidal island in the Firth of Forth in eastern Scotland, close to Edinburgh, just 1.6 km (1 mi) out to sea.




Five interesting facts about Cramond Island:

  • It is one of 43 tidal islands that can be walked to from the mainland of Great Britain and one of 17 that can be walked to from the Scottish mainland.
  • It is 0.54 km (1⁄3 mile) long and covers 7.70 ha (19.03 acres).
  • It is easily accessible on foot from the mainland at low tide across the Drum Sands.
  • It was fortified during World War II to repel a potential invasion via the Forth River.
  • Throughout most of its history, the island was used for farming, especially sheep-farming, and perhaps served as a fishing outpost as well.


Scotland
Cramond Island with causeway and anti-boat pylons, Scotland

Firth of Forth
Low tide, the Firth of Forth, Scotland

Low tide, Cramond Island, Scotland
Low tide, the Firth of Forth, Scotland

Cramond Island
Low tide, Cramond Island, Scotland

Cramond Island
Flora, Cramond Island, Scotland

Cramond Island
Stones, Cramond Island, Scotland

WW2-era fortifications, Cramond Island, Scotland
WW2-era fortifications, Cramond Island, Scotland

Scotland fauna
Shore crab, Cramond Island, Scotland

Jellyfish
Moon jellyfish, the Firth of Forth, Scotland

Scotland
The tide is coming in, Cramond Island, Scotland

Cramond Island with causeway and anti-boat pylons, Scotland
The tide is coming in, Cramond Island, Scotland

Scotland
High tide, Cramond Island, Scotland


Have you ever visited Cramond Island? What are your impressions of the island? Feel free to post a comment below.


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