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Exploring Cramond

Cramond Island

Happy Monday!…

Hope you’ve had a less zombie-esque day than I did. I thought I’d upload some photos from a couple of Saturdays ago and show you a little more of Edinburgh.

As I work only about an 8-minute walk from where we live and go to a gym that is located in between it means I hardly ever go into town during the working week. I basically exist inside a 1 K radius from Monday to Friday, which means that when the weekend comes I’m very keen to get away from our hoods. I almost start feeling a little claustrophobic if that makes any sense. We therefore often go somewhere on the weekend, and there is no shortage of nice places to visit only a bus or train ride away.

This time we decided to visit Cramond seaside village in north-west Edinburgh and walk down along Almond river that starts there. Fact of the day: Cramond is actually one of the earliest known sites of human settlement in Scotland. Matthew’s only memory from the village is when his and his sister’s bicycles got stolen there when they were kids…Don’t know what kind of thugs hang around in that cute little village though!


The mouth of River Almond.


During low tide you can walk out to Cramond Island. Many people have been taken by surprise by the tide – we decided the island wasn’t worth risking our lives for.

Almond River


We had lunch at Cramond Falls Cafe – homemade falafel for me!

Cramond Falls Cafe Cake

Couldn’t resist the cake…




I don’t get too excited about horses, but this one was just too cute. I guess this is some kind of a pony though? Any horse/pony experts out there?


In the evening we went to an album launch with Matthew’s folks. It is actually Matthew’s brother in the photo, playing one of the many instruments he can play. The artist is called Denise, and the gig was in her house.

Yesterday we did another excursion and somehow ended up up close with a few surprised rams and an angry farmer. More to follow…

Good night!

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!

  • Annika

    Nice and entertaining post as always. Yes I also had a less zombie-esque (???)Monday cus I signed my new contract. Apparently u didn’t know that ram farmers are always angry,cus they own such amazing and smart animals (ram=bagge) so owners are afraid someone will steal them…

    September 10, 2013 at 4:00 am
    • ninaaikas

      Congratulations on the contract! Haha, you’re so right, rams are amazing and smart (but a little scary too) x

      September 10, 2013 at 9:42 am
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