Cramond Island, Edinburgh & River Almond at Linn's Mill

November 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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Looking back on our walk to Cramond Island in July, it's difficult to remember how hot it was. Some of those walking just couldn't stay out of the water. 

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Some interesting colours. 

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The pillars of the WW1 antisubmarine boom that extended from Cramond to Cramond Island to stop German submarines coming into a safe anchorage between here and the Forth Bridge. It also helped protect Rosyth. An antisubmarine net also extended from Cramond Island to Inchmickery, for the same purpose. Both islands were armed. 

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In WW2 the boom was utilised again, this time with nets extending all the way from Cramond Island to Inchcolm and thence on to Fife. This closed the entire estuary to submarines and fast attack craft. Rosyth was too valuable a target. 

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The boom marks the dividing line between sand and mud. I wonder if the change in tidal flow caused by building the boom altered the composition of the intertidal zone. 

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View from Cramond Island towards Granton. 

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View from Cramond Island towards Arthur's Seat.

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View from Cramond Island, back towards Cramond.

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Near the start of the crossing, looking towards Cramond Island. 

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View up the Forth from the crossing. 

 

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Cramond  
 

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River Almond at Cramond - Fair-A-Far Weir

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River Almond at Cramond - Fair-A-Far Weir
 

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River Almond at Cramond - Fair-A-Far Mill
 

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Fair-A-Far Weir
 

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Fair-A-Far Weir, and Mill

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River Almond at Crammond 

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River Almond at Crammond 

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River Almond at Crammond 

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The causeway from Cramond to Cramond Island 

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Cramond 
 

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View just as the tide starts to drop. 

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The antisubmarine boom pillars - note the slots. 

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The antisubmarine boom pillars - note at the bottom Left Hand Side of the photo the reinforcing steel that remains from a concrete slab that fitted in the slot between the pillars. 
 

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A concrete slab survives - but most have gone. 

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Panoramic view towards Hound Point. 

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Old Berths on the River Almond, now hidden by trees and silted up. There are 3 of these in a series on the Western bank of the river. They were used for loading ships with stone from Craigie's Quarry. A horse drawn tramway linked Craigie's Quarry (marked on OS maps as Craigiemill Quarry) to these docks. The first part of the tramway was attached to the cliff over the river, then went over land. A total distance of less than 800m. 

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A series of square holes in the cliff show where the tramway was suspended over the river.
 

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Again - a series of square holes in the cliff (look over the fish ladder) show where the tramway was suspended over the river.

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River Almond at Linn's Mill 

 

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River Almond at Linn's Mill

 

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