Find The Nearest Beach Aberdeenshire
Planning a trip to Aberdeenshire and looking for the nearest beach. Aberdeenshire has over 200 km of unspoilt coastline offering beautiful, often deserted, beaches ranging from long stretches of sand backed by dunes to dramatic cliffs with rock and shingle beaches.
- Hackley Bay is one of those hidden beaches well worth a visit, the beach is backed by dunes and sheltered by cliffs. The area is also known as Sands of Forvie, due to the extensive dune system. The bay sits within the Forvie National Nature Reserve which is one of the largest sand dune systems in the UK. You have no facilities and you will need to park at the reserve park on the A975 and then have an approximately 2-mile walk to the bay.
- St Cyrus Beach is a sandy beach stretching for 5 km (3 miles) below cliffs and high sand dunes that are also home to the St Cyrus National Nature Reserve. Traditional salmon fishing with nets is still conducted from St Cyrus beach and you may get a chance to see dolphins, seals, whales and porpoises from the beach. The beach is split from Montrose beach by the River North Esk joining the North Sea. You have two choices of an access point for the beach, the first is via Beach Road from St Cyrus or you can head to the St Cyrus Nature Reserve visitor centre (closest past code DD10 0AQ).
- Footdee Beach is a sandy beach at the harbour end of the main Aberdeen beach. Footdee is known to the locals as “Fittie” – is a small village at the east end of Aberdeen’s harbour. Originally a fishing village, it comprises of two areas of fishing cottages built in two squares. It’s a popular beach for windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing and fishing as well as the usual holiday makers sunbathing and swimming. There is good parking but no lifeguard. The nearest town is Aberdeen with all the facilities it has to offer and there are many attractions nearby.
- Rosehearty beach is a sandy beach that stretches away to the east from the harbour breakwater and you also have a small stoney beach to the west of the headland. Facilities at the beach include harbour, grass areas, car parking, toilets, small supermarket and pub.
- Inverboyndie beach is within Boyndie Bay to the eat of Banff. The beach is a long sandy beach backed by a grassy area at the car park. Facilities at the beach include car parking, toilets, children’s play area, caravan park. For shops and places to eat you will need to visit Banff.
- Fraserburgh beach is a 2-mile long sandy beach backed by sand dunes that stretches eastwards away from the fishing harbour. The eastern end is also referred to as Philorth beach after the Philorth Local Nature Reserve. The beach is popular with surfers, windsurfers and divers. The west end of the beach has access to all the facilities in Fraserburgh whilst the eastern end at Philorth has a car park.
- Newburgh beach is either side of the mouth of the river Ythan and is backed by a large sand dune system. The area includes the Forvie nature reserve and is a good location for coastal walks and bird watching, the reserve is a large dune system and so the area is also called Sands of Forvie. Car parking near the beach to the south of the river mouth and the north has some nature reserve parking. For facilities you will have to travel back to Newburgh village where there are some shops including a post office.
- St. Combs beach is a sandy beach backed by dunes and is just the top end of a long stretch of unspoilt sand that stretches just under 15km to Peterhead. The beach has a small strip of sand in the village itself but the main stretch then heads southwards. The beach has no facilities with a small amount of parking in the village.
- Cruden Bay Beach is sandy and has a lot of room as it’s a very long beach with the ruins of Slains Castles at the top giving you a good walk if you’re tired of sunbathing! There is a golf course here as well as harbour facilities like toilets and a post office with other facilities in the nearby town. The car park is on the other side of the burn and you need to cross the bridge to access the beach.
- Balmedia Country Park Beach is a 16 km sandy beach near Aberdeen where water sports like kite surfing and swimming are popular. The beach area has large sand dunes attracting wildlife and birds as well as sun lovers and a network of boardwalks take you through the dunes to the beach from the bus stop. Facilities include toilets, boardwalks, dunes, watersports, wildlife and birds and a nature reserve. Parking is easy with over 100 bays and more in the park itself.