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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Type of beach


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


parking available for 200 cars.parking fee applies.

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Aberdour-Silver Sands Reviews

Timing is everything

May 11th 2022

A nice beach but only if you choose your timing wisely. A hot day is going to make this an overcrowded and unpleasant place to visit.

Pick your visiting times well and it’s a quiet and really nice place to visit.

Lovely beach

Aug 01st 2021

Went to Silver Sands today for the first time in 40 years and have to say I was not disappointed. Lovely little cove with some decent facilities…cafe, takeaway, toilets, rnli station and reasonably close parking (for only £2/day)

The beach itself was lovely fine sand and blessed with good weather. Having read some of the other reviews, I think they must have went to the wrong beach. There is also a black sands beach which is closer to the harbour and town.

Very pleasant day out

Rip Off & Overcrowded

EK Takeaway Fan
Jul 20th 2021

Visited this beach on Saturday July 17th 2021. The first warning that the visit would be bad was a guy in a yelllow hi vis vest with no identification on him charging car drivers £2 for parking.

Once this fee was paid you were directed between two trees to what is essentially an uneven grass field where there were cars as far as the eye could see.

We’d paid so thought we’d go & check the beach out. Now given we are in the midst of a global pandemic, the beach was massively overcrowded. There was a finger nails width between different groups of people with no ability to social distance etc.

So much so I witnessed tents up, crates of beer openly getting consumed, barbeques getting lit & food cooked with the smell of burning charcoal & cannabis filling the air all while little kids played innocently.

Didn’t stay long after that. We left to head elsewhere while the robbers in hi vis vests with no identification continued to rip people off with parking charges when in reality it would have fit them better to put up the closed sign. Dangerously over crowded, open drug taking with the only thought of the robbers in hi vis vests was, let’s line our pockets & make more money.

Wouldn’t recommend this beach to my worst enemy.


Jul 18th 2021

Beach was very busy as it was a hot day, litter and very long queues for cafe and toilet.
When we moved to quieter area we then had 3 or 4 erect very large tents erected, by one large group of people, right in front of us, they then lit up cannabis joints and start playing guitar (badly)
The beach was stony, muddy and there were hundreds of jelly fish everywhere, the worst I have ever seen. 
This was on a Saturday morning in July,  we stuck it out til 2 pm as we didn’t want to cut the children’s day at the beach too short but I will avoid this beach in the future

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?