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Thorntonloch Beach

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Thorntonloch Beach - Lothian

© Richard Webb and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

This beautiful stretch of wide, sandy beach lies adjacent to the Torness nuclear power station, about 32 miles south of Edinburgh, just off the A1.

The beach is about 400 metres long and is backed by low, grassy dunes. It is very popular with fishermen and is also used for bathing and windsurfing.

There is a small caravan park immediately behind the beach.

The area has some good walks, and the John Muir Way passes nearby.

In May 1950, this beach gained brief notoriety when 147 beached wales became stranded here.

Free parking with toilets can be found close to the caravan park. Other amenities such as cafes, restaurants and shops can be found in Dunbar, about 6 miles to the north.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Toilets

Nearest town



EH42 1QS

OS grid ref.

NT 7548 7441

Water quality

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Marine Conservation Society Recommended