Belhaven Bay

East Lothian | Dunbar | Beach | ★★★

[Belhaven Bay]

Backed by salt marsh and sand dunes, Belhaven Bay is a magnificent and vast beach, stretching for two miles between the River Tyne and the Biel Water. The far, west portion of the bay and dunes are closed off during tern nesting season, but that leaves plenty of sand to go around, even on the busiest of days. At the east end, a short footbridge (which looks a bit silly at low tide) connects the bay to the western outskirts of Dunbar, the centre of which can be reached by a great clifftop walk from here. Behind the beach is East Links Family Park: a farm-themed attraction with adventure playgrounds, animals, "train safari" and plenty more - no doubt great for children.

[View east across the bay]

Location & info

📌 Belhaven Bay ★★★
Off the A1087 1 mi west of Dunbar town centre, G.R.: NT 656791 ///castle.dreamers.large
🚆🚌 Bus stops in West Barns nearby. You could also walk along the coast from Dunbar, 1.5 mi away, where there is a railway station.

💬 The beach is best explored at low tide. Car parks (with charge) at G.R.: NT 651788 /// (middle of beach) and G.R.: NT 662787 ///rugs.rhino.nation (east end of beach). There's also free street parking near the east end.

[Access from the east end of the beach is via the "Bridge to Nowhere"]


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