Things To Do in Edinburgh: Beaches

This week we’re looking at things to do in Edinburgh if you love beaches. Spending your time here in this famous city will be a real joy as it’s steeped history and culture with plenty of venues and places of interest to visit. However, if you love going to the beach, you might find it’s hard to know where to look to find them, so our post today then should be helpful, as we’ve come up with our own very comprehensive list of beaches in Edinburgh. Read on to see where you can go to catch sea and sand.

Portobello Beach

This beach is only a few miles from the city and it consists of two miles of beach with sunbathing and swimming available for all. It’s won awards for its crowd drawing beach and hosts a number of events such as the Big Beach Busk with volleyball and triathlon competitions. There’s kayaking and sailing clubs and a coastal rowing club as well as a grand Victorian swimming pool. The best in beach fun for families.

Yellowcraigs Beach

This is one of the best beaches in Edinburgh, so much so it’s won the best beach for urbanites from Conde Nast Traveller. A country road through Direlton village will bring you to the Yellowcraigs beach. There’s a car park for visitors and there’s miles and miles of beach, rocks and a lighthouse. Beautiful sand dunes make this a great place for sledging, walks in the woods and with a children’s play area outside, it’s the perfect place for families. There’s also the Island of Fidra where Robert Louis Stevenson got inspiration for Treasure Island.

Cramond Beach

Again, another beach that’s only a drive away from the city centre. It’s a popular area and was once a thriving fishing community. You can take a gentle stroll and watch the boats, feed the ducks and sit back with a coffee after at one of the small cafes which overlook the promenade. You can walk along the causeway when the tide’s out and watch the many sea birds that occupy Cramond Beach, with views across the Firth of Forth to take your breath away.

Seacliffe Beach

Five miles east from North Berwick you’ll find Seacliffe Beach, it’s also south east of Tantallon Castle and you’ll have some great views. There’s the ruin of an old house, a beautiful beach that looks over to Bass Rock and a smallish harbour. You’ll also find what’s left of an old castle, so if there’s anyone in your family who’s a bit of an adventurer then this will be the ideal place to visit.

Gullane Bents Beach

The perfect family beach with walking, kite flying, windsurfing and canoeing, so if you’re into water sports, this is ideal. There’s a dune system which works wonders for small birds so if you’re fan of bird life, this is for you. There’s also a crazy golf course not far so if that’s your thing, why not pay it a visit? You’ll also find a motor museum around 3 miles south and that may be something you’re interested too.

There are other beaches in and around Edinburgh too such as Aberlady Bay, East Lothian and North Berwick. You’ll love it here as it’s a beautiful city full of wonders and when you need a break from city life, you can escape to any one of the beaches we’ve mentioned today. After you have enjoyed a day at the beach you can pay us a visit at Escape Edinburgh with your friends and family to test yourselves against our brain-teasing escape games to complete a fun day out.