Gullane beach

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available Scottish Coastal Path Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve SSSI Dog friendly Seaside award Seaside award

Season: spring

This beach is located close to the celebrated Muirfield Golf Course, but was frequented by Sunday walkers on this occasion.  As the tide fell away, the arc of the beach became pronounced, inviting a walk along the dunes, east towards Yellowcraig and eventually North Berwick.  The John Muir Way is a highlight at any time, but I was taken by the rich golden colour of the sand here, with razor clam shells scattered along the strand line.  I have visited many times, but each welcome is different in mood and temperament, such is the wonder of the beach.

Spring visit photo gallery

 

What the beach means to friends Ailsa, Mhairi and Kirsteen.

Templar Cottage

 

An ebb tide at Gullane Bents.

Season: spring

Bright sunshine coincided with the start of spring for this re-visit.  The tide was almost in and walkers were enjoying fine views out to the Firth of Forth.  The descent from the car park is quite theatrical, with the beach arcing around the edge of the bay and the approach path lined with sea buckthorn, bright orange when in bloom.  Highly recommended.

Spring visit photo gallery

 

The beach as an ever-changing place for Rhona and Liz.

 

The beach at Gullane Bents, in the sunshine.

Season: summer

The tide was rising at Gullane for this summer re-visit.  Blue skies, sunshine and warm weather had attracted walkers, watchers and swimmers to the beach.  There’s a pleasing arc to this beach, which gradually reveals itself as you approach though the grasses and dunes.  The scene might be from a child’s picture book.

Summer visit photo gallery

 

Marjorie and Jennifer, mother and daughter at the beach.

 

A summer scene at Gullane beach.

Season: winter

Gullane has an expansive, sandy beach, with fine views of the Firth of Forth. In the summer it’s popular with families for sunbathing, walking, kite flying, picnics, windsurfing and canoeing.  In terms of natural attractions, the sea buckthorn and the extensive dune system provide a haven for small birds.  Toilets and car parking are to hand. Longniddry is less than a mile away, with its shops, restaurant and train station.

Winter visit photo gallery

 

The sights and sounds of the beach.

 

The spiritual appeal of the beach for Sandra.

 

A view from the dunes at Gullane Bents.

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