Cramond Island, five miles or so from central Edinburgh along the coast, is a kind of mini-Lindisfarne: a small isle connected to the mainland by a narrow concrete causeway.
Most of the time the causeway is under water.
But for a couple of hours at low tide, when the waters recede, it’s perfectly cyclable.
Go when the surface is just submerged and you can skim over the top like you’re cycling on water. (Probably best done when tide is going out.)
That said, there’s no particular reason for cycling all the way over to the uninhabited islet. Except that you can, so this week I did.
Cramond, like all tidal islands, thrives on stories of careless travellers who get stuck by the tide.
Recent notable examples include a party of Facebook partyers and a man called Daniel Defoe.
No helicopter rescue needed for me. I cycled back along the waterside path to Leith, then along the Water of Leith Closed For Improvements Path to central Edinburgh, then past the Occupy Edinburgh campsite in St Andrew’s Square.
This inspired me to stage my own sit-in: Occupy Wetherspoons, which I did until my train home.