Carnoustie Beach

This small sand and rock beach is found a short walk from Carnoustie Railway Station, about 10 miles north of Dundee. The beach slopes gently into the sea, and at high tide the water can come all the way up to the sea wall.  At low tide the distance to the water’s edge can be as much as 300 metres, so it is best to check the tide times before visiting. 

There are a number of golf courses in the area, including the famous Carnoustie Golf Course, which has hosted the Open Championships. 

There is a choice of car parks close by, and a leisure centre and children’s play area with a paddling pool is just behind the beach. There are three access points to the beach, the main one being from the boat club, from which steps and a slipway lead onto the beach.

From here it is a 2-mile stroll along the sands to Buddon Ness. 

See the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency website for latest water quality test results for this beach.

Shops, places to eat and other limited facilities can be found in the small town of Carnoustie.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed on the beach all year round

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  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Rock pooling


  • Promenade

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

NO 5660 3439


Parking available on the beach.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society RecommendedBeach Awards

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Carnoustie Beach Reviews

A very beautiful place

Dec 12th 2020

How this beach area is not got 5 stars is bizzar.  It is very beautiful,  it has a fantastic beach with a beautiful walled promenade with plenty of seating an enclosed fun park for children and walks for rambling there is also cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops. Then again maybe I should say its horrible just to keep it all to myself and family.


Max bosworth
Aug 24th 2019

It’s a very good place why is it called carnoustie.

What did we get wrong?