13th February, 2010 – Inchcolm Island and a Bit More

Three of us set off from South Queensferry on a route to Inchcolm Island heading first alongside the rail bridge to North Queensferry then east to Inchcolm fairly directly. First time here for me and a really nice spot, much less desolate looking than the other Forth islands. We stopped for lunch and were observed doing so by a couple of curious seals who floated about close to shore.

Next, on to Crammond Island, just passing Oxcars lighthouse, Cow and Calves (a little group of rocks) and Inchmickery, a bit further out east on the way. A quick tea stop and some chat before setting off back towards the bridges. The tide was high so we could stay in close to the shore alongside the Dalmeny estate. Just before the bridges we split, Louie heading for home, and two of us, myself and Dave, continuing on towards Rosyth Dockyard where HMS Illustrious recently docked for a forthcoming refit. By now the tide had turned and we were making slow progress and running on empty too. The return journey to South Queensferry was much easier but still knackered on arrival and the soup and pint were well deserved.

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