Cramond Island

Cramond is definitely one of my favourite parts of Edinburgh, of all the places we've explored this year. It looks different every time we visit. On this occasion, for the first time, we walked out to Cramond Island at low tide. The concrete blocks that run alongside the causeway are the remains of a Second World War sea defence.

It's a place where nature and industry brush shoulders with each other; cranes and ships on the panoramic horizon, people picking cockles and birds wading around picking, presumably, whatever they can find. Most of all there's a sense of space here which is hard to find in most cities, and yet Cramond is technically still a suburb of Scotland's capital city.