Tyninghame Beach (Ravensheugh Sands)

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

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  • Picnic area

Nearest town

East Linton

OS grid ref.

NT 6308 8146

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Tyninghame Beach Reviews

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.

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.

What did we get wrong?