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Posts Tagged ‘Edinburgh Scotland beach’

Silverknowes Beach on the Firth of Forth

Posted by Jody on September 10, 2013

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is “imagineer.”

Silverknowes is one of the many beaches on the Firth of Forth and is just north of Edinburgh in Scotland. Sunny days at Silverknowes are to be treasured so I took a short trip to enjoy the fantastic views.



The is a view from the Cramond end of the beach and shows one of the many islands in the River Forth. This one can be accessed when the tide is out but people are frequently caught out by the speed of the returning tide and have to be rescued. In the distance is Fife, the other side of the Firth of Forth. The river is used by all sorts of ships, from cruise liners to submarines. It was a very industrialised river but today sea life is recovering and the legacy of industrial pollution is in the past.

Whale Rescue

Whale Rescue

The beach can be busy but today was a very unusual day because there was a whale rescue in progress and a crowd gathered to watch. There are all sorts of animals and birds that live in and pass through the Forth. The beach starts at Cramond where the River Almond meets the Forth. There are lots of walks from the Cramond end and it has a café for refreshments when you return. The beach is approximately one mile long but there are other paths that can be taken into Edinburgh if you want to venture farther.

Dog Play

Dog Play

Dogs love to play in the water even though they go home covered in sand and salt water. I think the dogs enjoy the beach even more than the people. I took a few pictures of this pair as they were such fun to watch and put them on my blog:  “Happiness Is Dog Shaped.”

Holding On

Holding On

The rescue party stood for hours in the cold water helping the whale breathe. At least the rescuers could see the beautiful scenery all around. The beach extends to the island when the tide is out, but when you reach the island the water becomes very deep.



I’ve included this shot to show how the same location looks at night time.

~Please visit Featured Guest Writer “imagineer” at imaginations /caught by the eye of mankind.~

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Tuesday Tongue Twister: The Firth of Forth to Fife

Posted by Jody on March 20, 2012

Greg and I have big ideas to someday rent a car (with unlimited miles, of course) and tool around the island of Great Britain, taking in all the coast has to offer. Oh yes, big ideas!  Let’s just say that the rental car company might not be too pleased when we return the car with 10,000+/- miles added to the odometer! 😉

The Lothians Region of Scotland (Credit: FinnBjo/Wikimedia Commons)

You can imagine that I was very happy to discover that the helpful folks at Visit Scotland have already mapped out our dream trip through “Edinburgh and the Lothians.”  The website tells us: “From empty beaches and unspoilt nature reserves to quaint fishing villages and seaside resorts, there is plenty to discover around Edinburgh and the Lothians. Edinburgh enjoys spectacular coastal scenery thanks to its location on the mighty Firth of Forth.”

Seven beaches of Edinburgh and the Lothians, here we come:

Belhaven: This award winning beach is “A great beach for walking, having picnics and sunbathing, it is the ideal place to enjoy the views across the Forth Estuary and watch surfers – this is the best place to catch a wave in the region.”

Seacliff: “Not far from North Berwick lies this hidden gem of a beach, ideal if you want to avoid the crowds. Discover the tiny red sandstone harbour, thought to be the smallest in the UK, and enjoy the splendid views of Bass Rock and the ruins of Tantallon Castle.”

Seacliff Beach with Tantallon Castle in the distance. (Photo: Richard Webb/Wikimedia Commons)

North Berwick: “Enjoy the long stretch of sandy beach alongside the pretty seaside town of North Berwick. This is a pleasant old-fashioned seaside town complete with Victorian villas, fishing boats, ice cream parlours and fish n’ chip shops.”

Yellowcraigs: “This long sandy beach is popular with families and dog walkers. There’s loads of room for the kids to run about, fly a kite or enjoy a game of football, with great views over the Firth of Forth to Fife and the island of Fidra.” Note to self: bring binoculars. I don’t want to miss any of the scenery! ~And (no kidding), I really want an excuse to say  “the Firth of Forth to Fife!”~

Yellowcraigs Beach with the Island of Fidra in the background. (Photo: Richard Webb/Wikimedia Commons)

Portobello: The beach at Portobello is in a more urban setting just a few miles from the center of town. “Portobello offers city slickers the chance to relax in the outdoors – and on a hot summer’s day, the beach is popular with swimmers and sunbathers.”

Cramond: “The suburb of Cramond still retains its fishing village feel, complete with a quant row of whitewashed houses. The small beach is a popular choice with Edinburgh residents who head here to walk and cycle on the beachside paths and offers a splendid view of the Firth of Forth.”

Gullane Bay (Photo: Richard Webb/Wikimedia Commons)

Gullane: Gullane lies 20 miles from Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh. This village is known for its award winning beaches and golfing. “Golf has been played here since 1854, and today there are three courses, all offering great views across East Lothian, Edinburgh and the Forth.” I’m not a golfer, but I can well understand that golfing with a view can only add to the fun!

There we have it, seven beaches of Edinburgh and the Lothians, brought to us by the friendly people of Visit Scotland! That was easy. ~Now, on to Fife!

Just a note: The British Cartographic Society has some really interesting facts and figures if you are interested in details about the coastline measurements of England, Wales and Scotland.

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