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Whitesands Bay Beach

Dunbar, East Lothian

An attractive compact beach with fine golden sand bounded by a rocky shore and backed by low coastal grassland spotted with picnic tables. Whitesands is an ideal place for an early-morning swim. There are pleasant views to be had along the coast.

Beach Type



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Nature and Wildlife

The Geology Trail starts and ends in the car park and this is a good base for easy coastal walks and rambles. There is excellent bird watching. the local pools and bushes attract a wide range of species especially at migration time.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned weekly during the summer season.

Tourist Information

Dunbar Tourist Information Centre Dunbar Tel: 01368 863353


Nearest town: Dunbar
County: East Lothian
Latitude/Longitude: 55.989, -2.46202
Postcode: EH42 1QP
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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Signposted off the A1. it is approximately five kilometres south of Dunbar.

Public Transport

Railway station at Dunbar; a bus runs from the town to the cement works. which is a short walk away.

Nearest Railway Stations

Dunbar (Approx. 2 miles away)

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


Ample space on grassland.

Nearby Car Parks

Skateraw Harbour, Innerwick (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away
Dunbar Station, Dunbar (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away
Victoria Street, Dunbar (Unknown stay).
About 2.4 miles away
Bayswell Road, Dunbar (Unknown stay).
About 2.5 miles away
North Road, Dunbar (Unknown stay).
About 2.8 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Dunbar