Cramond Isle in the Firth of Forth can be reached by a Causeway – when the tide is low. In all my years living in Edinburgh, and loving going to Cramond for the other walks, along the river Almond or the coast to Silverknowes, I had not once got the timing right, and had never been to the island. Until yesterday, knowing Molly was here visiting with me, and I am the tour guide, I got around to looking up the tide tables, and we did it!
The first photo is from the island looking back across the causeway to the shore at Cramond, and a lot of sand that in a few short hours will be quite deep water. The concrete pillars line the sides – they, and the causeway, were built during World War II, so that enemy boats could not make their way up the Forth and wreak havoc. The island has concrete bunkers too. They are now graffiti covered.
When Molly and I finished our picnic at the further end of the island, we headed back and then walked upriver along the Almond to Cramond Brig [the peaceful photo with reflections]. After that we took the bus home. An app on Molly’s phone said we walked over six miles and went up ten flights, whatever that measurement is, but as we had gone up Arthur’s seat a couple of days earlier we hardly noticed, until we finally arrived home. Noticed it then!
It is really good to be a tour guide to a good friend in my own place and see it with different eyes. Since she arrived on Tuesday we have done so much and had such a good time. We went to Local Hero at the Lyceum Theatre, we have been all over the Old town and the New town, up and across the Bridges, and up Arthur’s Seat [the hill in the middle of Holyrood Park, over two hours for 250 meters high, but panoramic view of Edinburgh city all around]. We have visited Holyrood Palace and Holyrood Abbey, and gone on a coach trip to the Borders Country, including Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel. As usual my phone is full of pictures. See Molly at the top of Arthur’s Seat, Me in front of the Palace, and some from the top of Melrose Abbey ruins. The country side is beautiful, it is exactly the right time where trees still let us see as they are not yet in full leaf, but have that wonderful yellow going to be green in a minute tinge, and the gorse and daffodils are everywhere.