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Picnic at Cramond beach

Cramond, Edinburgh photo credit: iStock

Cramond, a 20-minute bus ride from Edinburgh’s city centre (No. 41 Lothian bus), still retains the feel of a sleepy fishing village, complete with a quaint row of pretty, whitewashed houses facing the sailboats moored at the river mouth. A promenade, popular among cyclists, walkers and rollerbladers, follows the wide sandy beach for miles. 
The splendid views of the Firth of Forth and the hills of Fife also make it an ideal spot for a picnic. At low tide, you can cross the causeway to Cramond Island, but keep an eye on the tides, as the sea comes in fast and people occasionally get stuck.

Where to east, drink & Sleep

Where to eat

The volunteer-run Mosque Kitchen, originally set up to serve its congregation, offers amazing home-cooked curries from £3. A secret worth knowing is the excellent tapas diner El Bar. The food is seriously tasty and the portions are large and good value. It fills up quickly at weekends, so book ahead.

Where to drink

The Brass Monkey’s big selling point is a room made up entirely of mattresses and cushions, where you can sprawl out and watch daily DVD film screenings at 3pm. 14 Drummond Street, 0131 5561961  
‘The Swedish four’ – Boda, Sofi’s, Victoria, and Joseph Pearce’s – in Leith, all owned by a Swedish entrepreneurial couple, have become much-loved drinking dens for locals and hipsters alike, due to the shabby-chic Nordic style and excellent moose sausage.

Where to sleep

Industrial-chic boutique hostel Art Roch has a laidback, arty vibe. Dorm beds from £10pn; doubles from £55pn. Stylish Smart City Hostel offers rooms from £50pn.


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