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

From here, you can take a stroll along the John Muir Link which runs from Dunbar to Cockburnspath and see many fascinating geological features such as the sandstone arches and waterfall at Bilsdean.

Thorntonloch Beach is popular for fishing, surfing and spotting wildlife.

No. of Spaces:15
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:Restriction may vary between 1.9m and 2.1m (approach with caution)

How to Get There


Thortonloch beach is located beside Torness Power station and is signposted if you are travelling on the A1 from the north or south.


No buses serve this site directly, though Border Buses can drop you off nearby. Be careful as you will have to cross the A1.


The nearest train station is around 5 miles away in Dunbar. Scotrail provides a service from Edinburgh - Dunbar and there are also services from the south.