Sandend Bay

Sandend Bay - Grampian
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Sandend is a small fishing village on the Moray Coast, about one and a half hours’ drive from Aberdeen.  The picturesque beach here slopes gently into the sea and is popular with families or anyone looking for a beautiful spot to play in the sand, hunt for shells or simply to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The beach itself is mainly sandy, with some interesting rocks and small areas of pebbles.  A good expanse of sand is exposed at low tide.

The waves here can be excellent and the beach is an ideal destination for surfers, who come from miles around when there is a swell.

The village, which dates back to the 17th century, has a small working harbour.  There are the remnants of Second World War defences positioned around the bay, including anti-tank positions and a pill-box. Facilities are somewhat limited in the village, so it is a good idea to bring a picnic.

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Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Surfing

Nearest town



AB45 2UA

OS grid ref.

NJ 5589 6623


Parking available

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Sandend Bay Reviews

Jul 26th 2022

Wonderful beach peaceful and tranquil.