Inchkeith Island Military History

Date: 10th March 2018

Price: £55.00

This event offers a guided tour of the surviving military and naval defences of the island of Inchkeith.

Lying in the middle of the Forth Estuary, midway between Kinghorn on the Fife coast and Leith on the Lothian shore, Inchkeith was heavily fortified between 1878-1956 to resist perceived seaborne attacks and in this context the island is the most important site in Scotland for the coast artillery defences constructed during this period, being uniquely fortified throughout this time span and still having considerable remains of much of its battery sites, magazines and other defences surviving.

A boat tour around the island will introduce Inchkeith’s military and naval set-up from a seaward perspective before landing, to commence an in depth guided tour of the various 6 inch and 9.2 inch batteries and other works.

This trip will be led by our expert, Ron, who has conducted many years of thorough research into the subject and has written various articles and books on the matter. This promises to be a great day. Persons interested must be fit and active as some difficult terrain requires to be negotiated. Warm and waterproof clothing are required, as is the wearing of stout footwear. A head for heights and an ability to climb up and down steep ladders for boarding and leaving the boat are likewise essential. Persons should also bring a packed lunch and a torch.

After booking, persons should provide contact email addresses and mobile telephone numbers. People should arrive at the central pier, Granton harbour, Edinburgh, EH5 1HF about 8.45am for 9.00am sailing. The boat journey to the island takes about 40 minutes. Three-four hours will be spent ashore. Return to Granton will be late afternoon.

As the trip is weather dependent, contact is made with the boatman during the preceding evening to confirm if the trip is to go ahead. Contact will then be made with members of the party to advise them accordingly.

Time and weather permitting, visits to other inner Forth islands may be possible.

Availability: places still available