East Lothian has 40 miles of breathtaking coastline and award winning beaches making this an ideal destination for a day out.

Stroll along gazing out to sea, paddle in the surf, hunt for shells and crabs or take in a spot of seal watching. Watersports enthusiasts can surf the waves, kayak, kitesurf, dive or sail till their hearts content as the East Lothian coastline really does have it all. East Lothian welcomes responsible dog owners, toilets at all locations and showering facilities at both Belhaven Bay and Yellowcraig.

* car parking charges apply

Belhaven Bay*

Belhaven Bay is an extensive beach within the John Muir Country Park. It is fringed by low, sheltering sand dunes, rich salt marsh and colourful grasslands. The beach is ideal for walking, having picnics and sunbathing and affords splendid views across the Forth Estuary. The water conditions make it a great place for surfing with a surf school operating from there.

Dunbar East Beach

Located minutes from the High Street in Dunbar, great beach for both rock pooling and relaxing with a picnic! Parking located nearby at the Leisure Pool.

Gullane Bents*

Gullane Bents is a glorious sandy beach from which there are extensive views of the Firth of Forth. It is a popular family beach ideal for sunbathing, walking, kite flying, picnics, windsurfing and canoeing. The sea buckthorn and the extensive back dune system provides a haven for small birds.

Longniddry Bents*

This long sandy and rocky beach is accessed easily from the road and car park. It is close to the nature reserves and there are lots of birds to be seen feeding when the tide is out. The beach is popular with canoeists and windsurfers.

North Berwick Milsey Bay

An expansive sandy beach within North Berwick itself. Popular with families, there is a boat pond built into rocks which holds the water when the tide is out, providing a safe place for children to sail boats and paddle. The beach is very close to the picturesque harbour.

North Berwick West Bay Beach

Long sandy stretch of beach within North Berwick providing great views of the islands of both Craigleith and the Bass Rock. Behind the beach sits a putting green, open during the summer season. Close to the town centre and harbour, great for families.


Seacliff Beach is entered through a private road off the A198 at Auldhame. On the north side of the beach is a sheltered spot containing Seacliff Harbour, said to be the smallest in the UK. Great views of Tantallon Castle which looms on a cliff overlooking the beach. Sandy beach ideal for families and watersports. Excellent rock pools at either end of the beach.


Almost hidden behind the rocky outcrop at Torness Point, this beautiful sandy beach runs south for about 400m, backed along its length of amazing dunes.


Yellowcraig is a natural cove beach with spectacular views on the 1885 lighthouse on Fidra Island. It is a very popular family beach, which offers nature trails, barbecue site (which must be pre-booked with the Council) and adventure play area located next to the car park.


An attractive beach with fine golden sand bounded by a rocky shore and backed by low coastal grassland spotted with picnic tables. Whitesands is an ideal place for an early-morning swim.