Edinburgh and its surrounding area are rich in rich in history, but you don’t have to go to a museum to see it – one mile out to sea, just seven miles away from Edinburgh’s bustling city centre, lies Cramond Island. If you want to discover Edinburgh’s hidden history, or even just want a nice walk away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then add Cramond Island to your stack.
Cramond village is only around 7 miles out from the city centre, while the island is connected to the Scottish mainland by a causeway longer than the island itself that becomes accessible during the low tide, dotted with concrete teeth that were designed in WWII to prevent boats and submarines from getting through. The island has long been abandoned and is now full of abandoned wartime forts and relics, some being painted with graffiti, as well as some wonderful nature spots, making for an atmosphere that you can’t find anywhere else in the country. From the highest point of the island, you can see the Forth Bridges and even the Edinburgh skyline.