3 Great Beaches near Edinburgh to visit this Summer

Our Favourite Beaches near Edinburgh

Summer time is festival time in Edinburgh. But sometimes it’s nice to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. And there’s no greater escape than a trip to one of the many wonderful beaches near Edinburgh. So, to help you get your recommended dose of Vitamin Sea, we’re sharing three of our favourite beaches and harbours dotted along the Edinburgh and East Lothian coastline.

1. Portobello Beach

Just east of Edinburgh lies the picturesque seaside town of Portobello. Every year, this charming coastal suburb with its enchanting promenade draws thousands of locals and visitors to its golden sandy shores. On a hot summer’s day, Portobello is a hive of activity. Swarms of people head for the beach, sample the wares of local bars, cafes and ice cream parlours, and try their hand at sailing or flying a kite. There’s plenty to scoff, drink, gaze at and do in Portobello. And since its only 5 miles from the city centre, it’s easy to see why Portobello is one of the most popular beaches near Edinburgh this summer.

2. Cramond Beach

With its whitewashed houses, moored yachts and lengthy promenade, Cramond is one of the most picturesque corners of Edinburgh. Rich in history with a wealth of things to do, Cramond is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. On a fine summers day, walkers stride out to Cramond Island across the causeway (keeping an eye on the tide) for a picnic or some bird watching. Dog walkers, rollerbladers and cyclists take advantage of the long promenade. While weary wanderers enjoy the views across the Firth of Forth and stroll among the colourful boats docked in the small harbour of this quaint fishing village.

3. Yellowcraigs Beach

Slightly off the beaten track is the stunning Yellowcraigs Beach. A natural cove beach with miles and miles of golden sands, rock pools and a picturesque lighthouse, Yellowcraigs welcomes visitors from far and wide every year. You can go sledding down the large sand dunes, enjoy picturesque woodland walks or keep an eye out for the Island of Fidra (thought to be the inspiration of Edinburgh writer Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island). In addition to being one of the finest beaches near Edinburgh, the village has a number of wonderful pubs and restaurants, as well as the World Record holding Dirleton Castle.

So there you have it. Three wonderful beaches near Edinburgh to explore and enjoy this summer. Check out our special offers and book your Edinburgh break today.