East Lothian has 40 miles of breath-taking coastline and award-winning beaches.

Stroll along gazing out to sea, paddle in the surf, hunt for shells, go rock pooling or take in a spot of dolphin and seal watching. Ideal wave and wind conditions provide the watersports enthusiast with exhilarating and exciting adventures. Surf the waves, kayak, kitesurf, dive or sail to your heart’s content. Make memories with the family or witness stunning sunrises and sunsets to treasure on a romantic walk as you discover East Lothian's unspoilt beaches.

There are public toilets and accessible toilets at most beach locations as well as showering facilities at Belhaven Bay, Yellowcraig and Longniddry.

Always follow water safety advice and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and love East Lothian responsibly.

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Parking Information

There is a charge for parking at most car parks along the coast to support maintenance and management of facilities. For just £2.50 you can use you ticket to visit any of East Lothian Council’s coastal car parks throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased from the on-site "pay and display" ticket machines or with cashless payments using Ringo.

Parking is free of charge on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and the 2nd of January and for Blue Badge holders.

You can buy an annual parking season permit for only £50. To apply for an annual season ticket permit visit here.