Belhaven Bay

View map of beach Parking available Scottish Coastal Path SSSI Dog friendly Seaside Award MCS recommended

Season: summer

The extreme low tide on this expansive, flat beach gave a sense of the ancient to the stony bedrock and seaweed left by the sea, alluded to by interviewee Melissa.  Woodland covers the side of the beach, providing a great vantage point to enjoy the rush of the tide as it returns.  On this occasion bright sunshine and a blue sky framed the tall pines and the sea seemed a long way away.

Summer visit photo gallery


What the beach means to Melissa and Jazmin.


Low tide at Belhaven Bay.

Season summer

There was a high tide at Belhaven Bay for this visit.  This is the premier surfing beach in East Lothian.  The tide races in to its zenith, occasionally catching unwary visitors on the small footbridge by the shore, creating a spectacle for those looking out from the nearby car park.  The only price to pay is wet feet, thankfully.  Across the bay, where the surfers play, there’s a salt march and an extensive dune system, the whole area being popular with horse riders too.

Summer visit photo gallery


The universal appeal of the beach for Maria, Marco, Jorge and Guillermo.


…en espagnol.


A view from beside the dunes across the bay.

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