Burghead Beach

Burghead Beach - Grampian
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Burghead is a long, sandy beach. At low tide there is vast, wide expanse of sand, but this all but disappears when the tide comes in. It is a popular place for boating as well as for walking along the beach, taking in the scenery.

This part of the Moray coastline is one of the best places in the country for spotting dolphins and even, if you’re very lucky, whales. Behind the beach there are sand dunes as well as a nature reserve.  Roseisle Forest lies south of Burghead Beach Caravan Park. It offers a picnic and play area and trails through the scented pinewoods.

The closest parking to the beach is along Station Road, where there used to be a train station.  From the car park there is access the beach via a slipway. There is more parking in the town as well as toilets and facilities such as shops and places to eat.

The town of Burghead is located at the end of a peninsula, with the sea surrounding it on three sides. Most of the current town was built at the beginning of the 19th century on the site of a former Pictish Fort.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Sailing


  • Toilets
  • Town centre nearby

Nearest town



IV30 5RP

OS grid ref.

NJ 1125 6817


Parking available near the harbour.

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Burghead Beach Reviews

Mrs C
Oct 16th 2021

Beautiful clean beach. We walked some of its miles. Very picturesque.