Peterhead Lido Beach

Peterhead Lido is a thin strip of sandy beach located within Peterhead Bay Marina, itself within the larger Peterhead Harbour.

Although it is possible to swim here, and despite the name, this is not a swimming pool, but an area of water within the bay, sectioned off from the rest of the bay by two breakwaters. Unsurprisingly, the beach is popular for watersports including sailing and windsurfing.

It is overlooked by a large car park, with a road leading down directly to the beach. Plenty of dog bins are provided. A small caravan park also overlooks the beach.

The harbour continues to thrive to this day mainly because of the industrial activity connected to the gas and oil plants nearby. The town of Peterhead was originally founded as a fishing centre, and an important fishing industry survives here to this day. The town centre can be found about half a mile north of the beach and offers visitors a selection of shops, places to eat, and places to stay. The Peterhead Prison Museum, where one of Britain’s toughest prisons operated between the years of 1888 and 2013, is a short walk from the beach, and makes an interesting detour.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No Dog restrictions.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Town centre nearby

Nearest town



AB42 2UP

OS grid ref.

NK 1245 4513


Parking available on the beach.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society RecommendedBeach Awards

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