Tyninghame Beach (Ravensheugh Sands)

  • Tyninghame Beach - Lothian
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  • This long sandy beach is often cited as one of the finest in the South of Scotland. A wild expanse of golden sand backed by dunes the beach here is often deserted except for during the summer months.

    Set a little way from the nearest parking it is a fair walk to the beach. Depending on where you park this can involve a scenic walk through the old pine forests at either end of the beach.

    You’ll know you have arrived at Tyninghame beach when you can see the mighty Bass Rock a mile or so offshore. This craggy rock is home to a lighthouse and huge colony of gannets.

    Also known as:

    Ravensheugh Sands

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

    Dogs are allowed on the beach all year

    Lothian dog friendly beaches »


    • Picnic area

    Nearest town

    East Linton

    OS grid ref.

    NT 6308 8146

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    Tyninghame Beach Reviews

    Great beach with lovely views

    Jul 20th 2020

    This beach is picturesque from a few locations. If you walk to the south of the beach and up onto a rock towards trees you have a stunning view across the coast. This area is amazing to watch the sunset.

    Don’t go

    Jan 04th 2022

    This is one my favourite beaches but they’ve practically made it impossible to visit with kids. There’s parking for around 20 cars and I have never visited and found a parking space. East Lothian council have put double yellow lines in on the road leading up to the parking bays and are going to the bother of policing it. It makes visiting here practically impossible. I estimate that East Lothian council are probably making over £1000 per day in parking tickets. It’s a shame because I’m not going to visit again. It’s 30 miles from home and I’m not taking a 60 mile round trip just to not get a parking space. It’s in the middle of nowhere, so a definite money spinner for the council. No other reason for making it double yellow lines.

    Lack of parking

    Patrick Elsdale
    Jul 30th 2023

    It’s very disappointing the lack of parking. It seems to be driven by a desire on the part of some people to actively discourage people from visiting. I see no reason why the council can’t provide more spaces, the road is after all a public road. Sadened that this is only too apparent on the hope estate too, however a little digging reveals there is legal parking by the water board tanks. . The council really need to take access more seriously since it is after all the general public that pay quite a lot of money to landowners one way or another.

    Best beach in the Lothians.

    Aug 09th 2022

    I’ve been going to Tyninghame on and off for the last 50+ years. It remains a very special place to me.  Yes, they have reduced parking, which is unfortunate but there will have been pressure from local people to stop parking on the verges and destroying the land. It used to be a hidden treasure with very few people knowing about it but like anywhere beautiful word gets around and more and more people want to visit.  It’s best to get there early and if possible on week days.  Even on a cold windy day it is spectacular.