If you have read my last two monthly bucket lists you will know that I have been hoping to get to the coast for weeks, but it just hasn’t been the right weather when we’ve had the time to go at the weekend (no point going such a distance for a short visit!).
Well, last weekend was set to be dry and sunny, so on Sunday we set off to Cramond beach for a little fresh sea air. We had never been to the beach there before, normally heading over to the other side of the firth in Fife. But we were pleasantly surprised by the expanse of beach.
What we didn’t realise was quite how busy it would be! Clearly this is the place to go for a beach walk on a sunny day, as the area was teaming with tourists and Edinburgh folk alike.
Most people had on trainers and brought the kids bikes and scooters to ride along the sea front where there is a long flat path all the way along the top of the beach. I’m not sure how far it goes, as we didn’t walk along much of the path, we only intended to visit the beach and were one of the few heading out in wellies.
We arrived around 10 when the sea was a LONG way off, we could just about see it in the distance and considered walking out to it, but the boys wanted to dig so we played in the sand for a little while instead.
The other great feature of the Cramond beach is the long concrete causeway across to Cramond Island, which is only truly an island for a few hours each day, when the tide completely cuts it off from the mainland. When we were there the tide was out and a steady stream of visitors were walking along the causeway to the island and back. We weren’t there to visit the island today, but maybe next time.
Mr O wanted to have a look further out at more sand, but as we walked further out onto the beach it became very muddy and so we headed back to the proper beach for more real digging and lunch.
As it was a busy area, there were several ice cream vans along the shore. We stopped at one to buy an ice cream each, but only managed 3 as they were £7.50 (all my cash!), which is quite a lot for 3 just ok’ish ice creams! However, it was Mr A’s very first ice cream and he certainly seemed to enjoy it! He happily ate mouthfuls whilst telling daddy about all the bikes, scooters and dogs he could see.
Whilst walking along the beach we found a lot of seaglass, which I collected in the boys buckets, I think of them like little treasures in the sand and I do like a good treasure hunt.
The sea was still a long way out by 1pm and although I read on the sign that the last safe crossing to the island was 1.30pm that day, there were still plenty of people walking along the causeway and on the beach, so we decided to head out to see if we could reach the sea.
We crossed over lots of muddy areas and wet ripply sand, which littlest enjoyed poking the worm casts on. By the time we got to the sea the tide was clearly coming in fast, a good 10cm or so a second. I didn’t realise how quickly it would turn, so we made a dash back across the wet sand to the causeway and higher ground, which fortunately wasn’t too far away.
Whilst on the causeway we watched the area we had been walking on, not long before, disappear under water. Next time we will definitely pay attention to the tide times and make sure we’re back in a safe area before it starts turning again.
We will definitely head back another day, as I would love to explore the island itself. The island was used by military in World War 1 and there is apparently evidence of it’s use by Romans as well.
On the way back home we crossed over the Forth Road bridge to look at how the new road bridge is coming along. Certainly a feat of engineering looking at the sections that are constructed already.
Have you visited a beach recently? Have you visited Cramond or any other beaches around Edinburgh?