Thorntonloch Beach

Thorntonloch Beach - Lothian
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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?

Dogs allowed

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  • Good fishing
  • Kite surfing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Toilets

Nearest town



EH42 1QS

OS grid ref.

NT 7548 7441


Car park. which is a short walk from the beach. providing space for about 40 cars.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Thorntonloch Beach Reviews

Jun 14th 2022

Good size, clean, areas to explore, good parking and toilet facilities - what more could you want