Edinburgh: Finding Hidden Places


Edinburgh is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world for obvious reasons. There’s the Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile, Harry Potter sites, free museums, old churches… There is so much to do! A benefit for staying in Edinburgh for a whole semester is I can do all of those fun activities but it is also nice to get away from the super touristy areas and see the more obscure areas of Edinburgh and Scotland. A few days ago, a friend asked if I wanted to go about an hour away to an island with some Roman ruins on it and I said yes! So we hopped on a bus and an hour later, we were on an island!

The island we explored is called Cramond Island. It was a roman outpost and it was used in both World Wars. The island also has a very nice view of Edinburgh, though a bit far off. If you look hard enough, you can see Edinburgh Castle and a few other aspects of the city. The island is only ⅓ miles long so you can easily explore all of it if you’d like.

This place is specific to Edinburgh but if you decide to go abroad, find some little treasures of your own. It is great to go to the touristy places, of course but also think what could be just around the corner… 

Note: If you do decide to do this one day, you do have to check that you’re going at the right time. You can only get to the island when it’s at low tide. You also have to come from the island at low tide- Do NOT get yourself stuck!

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