About 2 miles west of the centre of Edinburgh


from the
Firth of Forth




Malcolm J B Finlayson
Arbroath, Angus, Scotland

Edinburgh  Weather

-  Foghorns

-  Smog




Malcolm J B Finlayson

Minehead, Somerset, England

Thank you to Malcolm Finlayson who wrote:

Edinburgh Weather

Fog Horns

"As I type, I am hearing the intermittent sound of a fog horn on the Tay, as there is a haar, which reminds me of my childhood in Edinburgh in the 1950s and early 1960s."

Fog, and sometimes smog, were fairly common, and many a night I went to sleep in our home in Craigleith hearing the fog horn which I presumed was on an island in the Forth, and may still be there to this day.  Maybe someone can verify if I am correct."


"In one particularly thick smog, my brother, Derek, and I, found it exciting to hardly be able to see a double decker bus until it was only a few yards away.  I'm not sure if the bus driver would have concurred.

Although mildly asthmatic, I was fortunate not to be affected by smog, but I remember my mother telling me of the adverse effects on people with bronchial problems, for whom I felt quite sympathetic.

However, there were probably some amusing occurrences in the fogs which I wonder if anyone would be willing to share."

Malcolm J B Finlayson, Arbroath, Angus, Scotland:  April 28, 2014




Peter Stubbs


More Sounds from the Firth of Forth

Malcolm Finlayson's memories of the foghorns on the Firth of Forth brought back memories to me.

I also remember hearing the foghorns.  Living at Trinity in the 1970s, we used to hear several sounds, now all long gone:

-  foghorns on the Firth of Forth, often on a winter morning.

-  the ice crushing machine on Middle Pier at Granton Harbour.

-  the occasional slow, freight trains running on the embankment beside the Forth at Lower Granton Road,

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  May 1 2014




Simon Capaldi

Sheriffhall, Midlothian, Scotland

Thank you to Simon Capaldi who remembered another sound form the Firth of Forth that used to be heard in Edinburgh.

Simon wrote:

Beside the Firth of Forth

When the wind was from the north, I remember hearing the noise of the ship breaker's yard in Inverkeithing, Fife.

Simon Capaldi, Sheriffhall, Midlothian, Scotland:  May 1, 2014


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