Gullane Beach (Bents)
The town of Gullane in East Lothian is best known for its golf courses, however it also boasts a magnificent sandy beach with excellent views out onto the Firth of Forth. The beach is popular for windsurfing and kite flying when the weather is windy, and for picnics, family days out and sand castle building on warm, sunny days.
There are plenty of places to walk in the area including a path behind the beach which leads through the sand dunes. To the west, visitors can walk to Gullane Point from where there are spectacular views over Gullane Bay and The Firth of Forth beyond.
Pay-for parking is provided at Gullane Bents, from which the beach is accessed down a short path.
The nearby town of Gullane has a large retirement community and is also home to a number of commuters. It has numerous shops, pubs, restaurants and places to stay. There are also 3 golf courses in the vicinity, including the famous Muirfield Golf Club, but visitors will have to book in advance if they want to be certain to play.
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Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed on the beach all year round
- Wind surfing
- Disabled facilities
- First aid point
OS grid ref.
NT 4758 8332
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Gullane Beach Reviews
Our favourite walking/swimming/sunbathing/pebble picking beach
Paul MillarSep 03rd 2019
This beach (and other neigbouring beaches) flanked by rocks is a blessing for the townies from the nearby (40 min.) Edinburgh. Our daughter, when swimming there, about twenty yards from the shore, was close inspected by a curious seal (...’‘what do YOU do here, human????’‘). And more: our favourite pub in Gullane does superb fish and chips and other food, and a prime selection of beers. ....(it seems that this site prefers American spelling…..)
A beautiful beach destroyed
Catherine Butler-BurnsJul 29th 2022
It makes me very sad and angry to see Gullane beach used as a dogs toilet.
IF dog owners do lift the dog excrement, and many do not, they seem to think it is okay to deposit the plastic bags in the bushes on the paths leading to and from the beach. This evening the stench of dog excrement was the first thing to greet me as I entered the path to the beach.
Dogs should not be allowed on Beaches used by swimmers.
It’s not allowed in France an Ireland AND PROBABLY MANY MORE COUNTRIES.
THERE IS PLENTY OF SPACE IN THE DUNES FOR DESIGNATED EXERCISE AREAS FOR DOGS.