Mini Guide to Cramond in Edinburgh
Mini Guide to Cramond, Edinburgh
by David Wheater of Tours of Edinburgh
Cramond is a lovely, picturesque, seaside suburb of Edinburgh, located around four miles north-west of the city centre. Cramond still retains a charming village-like feel and is a much sought after area of Edinburgh to live, with house prices well above the Edinburgh average.
The name Cramond is generally thought to mean ʻfort on the riverʼ, referring to the Roman fort that once existed on the River Almond, which flows through Cramond on its way to the Firth of Forth estuary.
The area is particularly convenient for the Edinburgh city bypass (10 minutes), the Forth Road Bridge (15-20 minutes) and Edinburgh Airport (around 15 minutes).
Cramond has a very long history dating back through the bronze age and mesolithic times to 8,500 BC. It is the earliest known area of human settlement in Scotland. In the 1950s a Roman fort dating back to 142 AD was discovered, which was believed to cover an area of almost six acres. In 1997, a local boatman made the chance discovery of a Roman statue (a lioness) in the mud of Cramond harbour, which is now displayed in the Museum of Scotland.
During the 1700s and 1800s Cramond became industrialised, with water-driven iron forges and furnaces exporting their goods all over the world via the conveniently located harbour. A ruined water mill can still be seen a short walk up the River Almond from the harbour.
Notable buildings in Cramond include Cramond Kirk with its medieval tower (still very much the heart of the community), the Cramond Tower built in the 1400s and Cramond House mansion built in the 1680s.
Properties in Cramond are generally either flats or detached houses. Many new contemporary, luxury flats have been built in the area over the last few years, which have been snapped up by wealthy professionals. Older flats, such as those at Fair A Far (one and two bedrooms) are more affordable. Older, brick-built, detached houses with three, four and five bedrooms come on the market fairly often, with occasional detached bungalows in large plots being the ones to watch out for.
A small number of shops at Whitehouse Road (Barnton) include a Sainsbury's and Scotmid supermarkets, a Post Office, Bank of Scotland and a chemist, which serve everyday needs. Itʼs only a short journey by car to the Gyle, Hermiston Gait and Craigleith shopping centres. Cramond also has its own GP medical practice.
Cramond has an excellent state primary school and the Royal High secondary school is easily reachable on foot. Thereʼs also a good children's nursery on Whitehouse Road called Bright Horizons. The private fee-paying prep school of Cargilfield is located in Cramond itself, while St Georgeʼs, Mary Erskine's and Stewartʼs Melville are all a short journey away by bus or car.
The area is very well served by local buses going into the city centre and access to the M8 and M9 motorways is relatively straightforward.
One of the greatest attractions of living in Cramond has to be its sandy beaches, the beach promenade and harbour, as well as lovely walks along the River Almond. If youʼre feeling adventurous you can even walk along the causeway to Cramond Island in the Firth of Forth - but make sure you check the tides before leaving!
The area also benefits from two excellent golf courses and clubs, The Royal Burgess and Bruntsfield Links, and thereʼs an excellent Cramond Boat Club located in the harbour. Cramond also has a very popular angling club which fishes and helps conserve the lovely River Almond.
All in all, Cramond is a delightful and convenient place to visit or live, especially for families.
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