Westhaven Beach

Westhaven Beach - Tayside
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Westhaven is a small, sandy beach on the western edge of the town of Carnoustie. The beach is surrounded by rocks, which protect it from the strongest currents, making it a good place for bathing in the relatively shallow water.

Naturally, there are many rock pools in the area and exploring these for signs of marine wildlife can be an activity for all of the family to enjoy. Boating is also popular in the area.

There is a small car park at the end of East Row, a short walk from the beach. Further parking can be found in the centre of Carnoustie, about half a mile from the beach, as can many other amenities including shops, places to eat, and places to stay. There is also a railway station with regular services to Dundee.

Carnoustie was once a very popular tourist destination, before somewhat declining as cheaper international holidays became available. However, it has successfully reinvented itself as a golf resort.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

Tayside dog friendly beaches »


  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Rock pooling


  • Town centre nearby

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

NO 5749 3472


parking limited.

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Westhaven Beach Reviews

Stunning beach

Jun 06th 2021

Westhaven beach is very picturesque. Catch it at different times of the day for a completely different scene. Lovely and to play on and rock pools to search for crabs. Ideal for a stroll almighty the sand.  One of the prettiest beaches I’ve seen.


Jul 20th 2022

little sand, no amenities near by, better off at Carnoustie

Sep 18th 2021

Cracking family friendly beach. Sand and rock pooling, safe swimming! Enjoyed our day out.