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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Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed on the beach all year round

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Wind surfing


  • Shop

Nearest town

North Berwick


EH31 2BE

OS grid ref.

NT 4758 8332


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Gullane Beach Reviews

Our favourite walking/swimming/sunbathing/pebble picking beach

Paul Millar
Sep 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…..)

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