20 Best Beaches In Edinburgh Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

COVID-19 Update

Most attractions are now closed in line with Government advice, and families are encouraged to stay inside where possible.

Find indoor activities to try at home.

Best Beaches In Edinburgh

We've rounded up the best beaches in Edinburgh in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 24 Edinburgh beaches to pick from. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the beaches we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

Find your perfect day out

Kids running on a sandy beach

Portobello Beach

  • Portobello
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great sandy beach? Head down to Portobello Beach in South Scotland, a great and popular beach that’s perfect for a day of exploring.  D...

Kids running on a sandy beach

Cramond Beach

  • Cramond
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a seaside adventure? Head on down to Cramond beach in South Scotland, a great sandy beach that’s perfect for little explorers.  Check out...

A toddler standing on a pebble beach

Burntisland Beach

  • Burntisland
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Burntisland beach in South Scotland, a great sandy and rocky beach that’s perfect for the whole family.  Whether you want to splash arou...

A girl showing her hands covered in sand

Silversands Beach

  • Burntisland
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

At Silversands beach in Scotland, you’ll find everything you need for a great day out. With golden sand, and bright blue water, the little ones will...

People at Aberdour Silver Sands

Aberdour Silver Sands

  • Aberdour
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Aberdour Silver Sands is the most popular resort on the Fife coast. The Blue Flag Beach is the perfect place for a day out with all the family. Follo...

A girl showing her hands covered in sand

Longniddry Beach

  • Longniddry
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great beach to explore? Longniddry Beach in South Scotland is a great spot for the kids to go rockpooling, build sandcastles, or even s...

Clear day at Gosford Sands in Longniddry

Gosford Sands

  • Longniddry
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Beaches

Gosford Sands the beautiful sands spread down to muddy expanses when the tide recedes, which make it a good habitat for wading birds such as the curl...

Girl standing on a sandy beach

Gullane Beach

  • Gullane
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a dog-friendly beach in South Scotland? Head down to Gullane beach, also known as Bents, a great sandy beach that welcomes the 4-legged m...

People on Leven Beach

Leven Beach

  • Leven
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

A long sandy beach, stretching some 2k linear metres, which has private amusement arcades; kiddies rides; summer fair; putting green, crazy golf and...

Kids running on a sandy beach

Lundin Links Beach

  • Leven
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Lundin Links Beach in South Scotland, a lovely sandy beach that’s scattered with picturesque rocks, perfect for little explorers.  It’s...

Girl standing on a sandy beach

Tyninghame Beach

  • Dunbar
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a long beach filled with golden sand? Head down to Tyninghame beach in South Scotland, where you'll find all of that sand, and much more....

Bridge at Belhaven Bay in Dunbar

Belhaven Bay

  • Dunbar
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Belhaven Bay sits on a spectacular stretch of cliff running 20 miles from Dunbar eastward, where storm sculpted sandstone cliffs, alive with nesting...

A girl showing her hands covered in sand

Pittenweem Beach

  • Pittenweem
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Discover this little harbour, Pittenweem Beach, in the picturesque fishing village you can sit and watch the fishing boats go by.  The little ones wi...

Posts at St Andrews West Sands

St Andrews West Sands

  • St Andrews
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

St Andrews West Sands Famous for the opening scenes of the film Chariots of Fire West Sands extends for almost two miles of uninterrupted sand backed...

Kids Playing in the sand on the beach

Kingsbarns Beach

  • St Andrews
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Got little explorers? Kingsbarns Beach in South Scotland has plenty of awesome things to discover, from little creatures in rock pools to awesome fos...

Kids Playing in the sand on the beach

Pease Bay

  • Cockburnspath
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Pease Bay in South Scotland, a gorgeous sandy beach with rolling blue waves that’s perfect for little thrill seekers to try out surfing....

A girl showing her hands covered in sand

Tayport Beach

  • Tayport
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Tayport Beach in South Scotland, where you’ll find an awesome sand and shingle beach that is perfect for a day of exploring.  Wanting to...

A girl showing her hands covered in sand

Broughty Ferry Beach

  • Broughty Ferry
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a long sandy beach in South Scotland? Head down to Broughty Ferry beach, a long stretch of golden sand that’s perfect for your little one...

A girl showing her hands covered in sand

Monifieth Beach

  • Monifieth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a long sandy beach in South Scotland? Discover Monifieth beach, a long stretch of golden sand and brilliantly blue water that’s perfect f...

Kids Playing in the sand on the beach

Coldingham Bay

  • Eyemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Coldingham Bay in South Scotland, where you’ll find a great sandy beach that’s perfect for little ones to explore.  The water is a lovel...

things-to-do redesign