Near the town of Cramond in Scotand is the tidal Cramond island. The island ins’t too big, its about 600 meters long and maybe half as wide. During World War Two the entrance towards the river Almond was protected with a submarine defense wall and gun emplacements on the island.
All islands near Edinburg were fortified like Cramond Island against ships and submarines. On the island are multiple gun emplacements, for a 75mm gun in the south and a range of calibres in the north, searchlight building to illuminate targets for the guns. There are ammunition storages, shelters and two engine rooms that powered all the military installations on Cramond Island. There used to be barracks as well but they collapsed over time. These Baracks housed a garrison which was stationed at the island. The submarine wall has a causeway to it, it connects Cramond Island to the main land, to the village of Cramond and has a length of 1,6 kilometres.
A mile out in the sea you can see Inchmickery Island which is totally covered with military buildings.
Cramond Island is free to visit and always open. The only restriction is the sea and its tide. Make sure you have enough time left when you visit the island with low tide, you do not want to be stuck on the island when high tide is coming up. You would not be the first who got back to the main land with wet clothes or had to wait for hours on low tide.
Al photos are provided by Phil Wood