Aberdour-Silver Sands (Silversands)

Aberdour Silver Sands is a small, sandy beach with good views of the islands of Inchmickery and Inchcolm. Backed by woodland the beach has a very tranquil feel. An excellent section of the Fife Coastal Path passes behind the beach.

As you would expect from a blue flag beach there are plenty of facilities here such as a beach-front café, toilets and first aid.

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Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

The beach is divided into a dog restricted area and a dog exercise area.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

NT 2000 8532

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Aberdour-Silver Sands Reviews

Beautiful beach

Apr 22nd 2021

I can highly recommend, beautiful white soft sand in a small secluded beach with picnic areas opposite and a play area for children. Stunning coastal path with forest walks.  A lovely cafe that sells ice cream and cakes. Parking is £2 for the day.

Lovely, scenic and good facilities

Susie Kemp
Aug 01st 2020

Beautiful views, clean water for swimming. A nice cafe with good coffee and food, lifeguards and lovely grass and wooded areas. Pebbles under water so surf shoes a good idea.

Worst Beach in Scotland

Jul 10th 2020

Drove all the way to Silversands upon several recommendations that it was a stunning beach, only to be met with the most disappointing ‘beach’ I have ever seen in Scotland.
Firstly, this is a cove and not a beach and had I known this I would have drove and extra hour south to Coldingham Bay. Secondly, the name should be changed to black sands as it was disgusting with black coal and a ridiculous quantity of seaweed. The beach did not appear clean or well kept.
Thoroughly disappointed and ! Total waste of time and fuel. Better off heading to Ayr next time. AVOID.

Lovely beach but....charcoal and fumes

Jun 28th 2019

Lovely beach spoilt by the build up of charcoal so that the children ended up with black hands and feet.
Also the smell and charcoal drift from the barbecues in use today - the fumes almost gassed me and the baby and charcoal spotted the towel and blanket.
Such a shame, not sure we will be back.

What did we get wrong?