The River Almond Walk, Edinburgh

By the end of the 18th century, the River Almond was an industrial route.

This nature trail passes along a clifftop through a mixture of woodlands, marsh, ponds and meadowland, which support a large diversity of wildlife habitats.

It is rich in bird life with mallards, moorhens, white-chested dippers and the Cramond swans. There is a wealth of plants and trees with meadow cranesbill, sweet cicely, creeping ivy, ivy-leafed toadflax, butterbur, yellow tansy, oak, beech, sycamore, ash, elm, elder and fungi like lawyer’s wig.

Farther along, small waterfalls and weirs bring the river to life as the banks – currently covered with ramsons and bluebells – deliver a splash of colour.

The River Almond flows into the Firth of Forth on the edge of Edinburgh at Cramond. Here, an old-world charm has been retained with boats bobbing at their moorings and whitewashed houses on the quayside.

Although you pass below the busy A90 and are on the periphery of Scotland’s capital, the feeling of being in the countryside is, rightly, present throughout this walk, which makes for a perfect Sunday afternoon stroll.

Cramond Island – connected to the shoreline of Edinburgh only at low tide – is a fascinating place to visit, but requires careful planning to fit with tide times.

Distance: 4 miles / 6.5 km
Height climbed: 150 ft / 45 m
Time: 2 hours

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