Aberlady Bay

Aberlady Bay was the first Local Nature Reserve, established in 1952. The area within the Reserve is extensive with beautiful walks beginning with crossing the 'footbridge to enchantment' made famous by Scottish Author Nigel Tranter in his autobiographical country notebook of the same name.

If you arrive at low tide, you will see the remains of two midget submarines lying in the sand, though be careful as Aberlady Bay has a reputation for fast-moving incoming tides!

Visitors are asked to keep to the good quality paths that cross the Reserve. The Reserve is not suitable for dog walkers due to the potential disturbing of birds and other wildlife.

No. of Spaces:24
Parking Charges:No parking charges apply
Charging Period:N/A
Payment Method:N/A
Parking Restrictions:There is no overnight parking permitted between the hours of 2200-0600. Penalty charge notices of £100 will be issued for non-compliance of parking restrictions.
Bike Racks:Yes
Vehicle Height Restriction:None

How to Get There


Follow the A198 which passes along the south of the Nature Reserve. Within the reserve, tracks are mostly sandy and not ideal for cycling.


East Coast Buses operates a service that passes by the Nature Reserve, you can ask to be dropped off nearby.