If you love the seaside, then a day out to East Lothian is a must!  The county boats 40 miles of stunning coastline and some of the best beaches around.

If you are planning a visit to one of East Lothian's popular beaches or coastal sites, there is an excellent choice of coastal car parks, many of which have public toilet facilities.  * Please note that charges apply to coastal car parks.

The beaches in North Berwick and Seton Sands now have beach wheelchairs for hire.  You can hire beach wheelchairs for children and adults free of charge from the beach hut at North Berwick harbour.  Please telephone ahead to book! and for information on booking a child's wheelchair.  To hire at  Haven, Seton Sands, Port Seton visit here.

Barns Ness*

A long narrow strip of open coast which a rocky shoreline, when submerged at high water exposes geologically interesting rocks. The wide intertidal foreshore gives way to a series of sandy, shingle and pebble beaches.

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.  Toilet facilities, including disabled toilets are available on site.

Fisherrow East Beach

Located just a short distance from Edinburgh, Fisherrow East Beach stretches from the harbour to the mouth of the River Esk.  This sandy beach is popular for walkers and rich in birdlife.

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.  Seasonal toilets, including disabled toilets are available on site.

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.


A small quiet beach lying in the shadow of Torness Power Station.  One attraction of this beach is the walkway along the seawall of the power station.  Toilets available on site from May-September.


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.  Toilet facilities are available all year. 


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 East Lothian Council, and adventure play area located next to the car park.  Toilets and showers are available on site


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.  Toilets facilities are available all year.