As a bustling cultural hub not many people visit Edinburgh to go to the beach but if a dip in the sea takes your fancy, then there are plenty of nearby options. Spending some time at the seaside is always a great way of giving your break a real holiday feel, and here we have listed together the top five beaches in and around Edinburgh.
Cramond is just four miles from Edinburgh and has been recently cleaned up to offer a fantastic day out. Cramond has a wide promenade, ideal for enjoying a stroll by the sea and there’s also the chance to have a walk down towards the harbour. The harbour is home to a mass of brightly coloured boats and tiny Cramond Island is also worth walking out to, when the tide is low. It is crucial that you remember to check the tide timetables before going out to avoid getting stranded.
Yellowcraigs is an award-winning beach which has been voted one of the best for urbanites looking for a bit of seaside fun. It is home to the island of Fidra which is believed to have inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island. The beach is also lined with green grassed sand dunes which perfect the look of the traditional British beach.
Seacliff is around 50km from Edinburgh and is regularly described as one of the best kept secrets of Scotland. It’s not far from North Berwick and you pass the ruins of Tantallon Castle as you head along your way to Seacliff. A small car park is ready and waiting for you to park your car, as you head out to the beach you’ll see stunning surroundings which are ideal for family picnics and a bit of beach combing.
4. Aberlady Bay
Aberlady Bay is one of the smallest beaches in the area and is very secluded, making it perfect for an intimate stroll or enjoying some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city centre. It’s a long walk of around 40 minutes down the boardwalk that will get you to your final destination, but it’s so relaxing and picturesque it’s worth it. The stroll to Aberlady Bay also takes you through a stunning nature reserve with wildlife and plants to look out for.
5. Gullane Bents
The little town of Gullane has become popular with tourists due to its quaint feel and the independent businesses that have popped up in the area. It’s a popular spot for golf with a number of world famous courses. The beach is framed by woodland with gorse bushes and wild flowers creating a truly Scottish feel to the area. The beach itself is wide and sandy, attracting visitors all year round. You may spot the occasional sunbather as well as walkers who enjoy the surrounding woodland.
Enjoying a relaxing day out at the seaside may not have originally been on your Edinburgh itinerary, these beaches truly do deserve a visit.