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Firth of Forth
Forth Islands
Isle of May
Bass Rock
Cramond Island

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Forth Islands

The Firth of Forth is the stretch of water that lies between Fife, to the north, and Edinburgh and the Lothians, to the south. The Firth is probably best known for the iconic Forth Bridge, a massive structure that is instantly recognised as part of Scotland and one that attracts tourists to the area. Many of the people that come here are possibly not aware that the stretch of the Forth to the east of the bridge is home to a number of small islands; in fact the Firth of Forth contains the majority of the islands off the east coast of Scotland.

Many of the islands are now bird sanctuaries due to the high numbers of sea birds, which is estimated at over 90,000, use them as their breeding grounds. As a result, the area has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is protected by the Forth Islands Special Protection Area. Bass Rock, to the north west of North Berwick, has a camera link to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick; there is also a camera link to the Isle of May as well as a bird observatory on the island itself. The Isle of May, which sits to the southeast of Anstruther in Fife, is the biggest and most easterly of the Forth islands.

Other notable islands include: Inchcolm with its ruined 12th century abbey sits to the south of Aberdour in Fife; Inchgarvie, which sits beneath one of the cantilevers of the Forth Rail Bridge and is the most westerly of the islands; and Cramond Island, a tidal island that sits north of the village it shares its name with.

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