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Thorntonloch Beach

Dunbar, East Lothian

Almost hidden behind the rocky outcrop of Torness Point and within sight of the nuclear power station. This beautiful sandy beach runs south for about 400m, backed along its length by shallow dunes.

Beach Type



Toilets (in the caravan park)
And food available from the caravan site
Adjacent to the car park


Windsurfing and fishing

Nature and Wildlife

There is a bird watching site at Barns Ness. 3 km to the north. The Geology Trail starts in the car park at Whitesands Bay.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned weekly throughout the summer.

Tourist Information

Dunbar Tourist Information Centre Dunbar Tel. 01368 863353


Nearest town: Dunbar
County: East Lothian
Latitude/Longitude: 55.9621, -2.3944
Postcode: EH42 1QS
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around , East Lothian at Explore Britain.


On an unclassified road off the A1. south of the entrance to Torness Nuclear Power Station. and a short walk from the car park.

Public Transport

Nearest train station - Dunbar.

Nearest Railway Stations

Dunbar (Approx. 5 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Car park. which is a short walk from the beach. providing space for about 40 cars.

Nearby Car Parks

Skateraw Harbour, Innerwick (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Dunbar Station, Dunbar (Unknown stay).
About 5.2 miles away
Victoria Street, Dunbar (Unknown stay).
About 5.6 miles away
Bayswell Road, Dunbar (Unknown stay).
About 5.7 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Dunbar