Beach Days Out in East Scotland

Spending time by the seaside can have a positive effect on your health, and wellbeing. Scotland has a range of amazing beaches to visit - so why not take advantage of the pristine sands and beautiful coastal views today?

Journey Planning

For journey planning, check out the Stagecoach website and the Stagecoach Bus app. Start by typing in where you would like to travel from and to, this can be an area or a postcode. Select the date and time in which you wish to travel and click plan my journey. This will bring up all services available you use between the two destinations at the times requested and it'll even tell you the best tickets available for your journey.  Don't forget to change your passenger type to student or young person accordingly to see the discounts available to you when you show a Young Scot card as proof of age (a young person ticket is for an under 19 year old).

If you're aged 16 - 18, remember you can use your Young Scot card to get discounted adult fares.

St Andrews

St Andrews Beach

St Andrews is a great day out in Fife, featuring the beautiful West Sands beach which you can enjoy a long walk down, a great place to stretch your legs!

There are also many attractions in the town including the Cathedral Ruins, Castle and St Andrews Aquarium.

St Andrews town centre can be reached on Stagecoach services 95, 99A/B/D, running along the Fife Coast and from Dundee.

To reach the famous Old Course Hotel and West Sands Beach you can use routes 23, 77A,  94, 94A, 99/A/B/C/D, X24, X59, coming from all across Fife, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, handy for those coming from further afield.

The Fife Coastal Path

Newark Castle- St Monans

You can dip into the Fife Coastal Path for a day trip in Fife. The East Neuk of Fife is filled with lovely coastal towns and many different options for day visits.

St Monans to Anstruther is an easy hour long walk, from the picturesque historical town of St Monans to Anstruther. There are many great sights to see along the way, including the ruined Newark Castle pictured above. If you work up an appetite, you could try some award-winning seafood from the Anstruther Fish Bar, famous for their fish and chips.

To visit these great places, the Stagecoach 7 bus route runs from Dunfermline along to Dalgety Bay, and Kingshorn to start your Fife Coastal Path walk. You can get to St Monans via service X60 from several towns in Fife and also from Edinburgh.

Dunnottar Castle and Stonehaven

Dunnottar Castle

Take a day trip from Aberdeen to visit the picture-perfect Dunnottar Castle. Explore the castle to learn more about its history, or view it from the nearby cliffs, then enjoy a walk along the coastal path down to Stonehaven Harbour. 

If you’ve worked up an appetite at this point, head to the shore for some refreshments. While you're in Stonehaven, check out the Tolbooth Museum, a former prison for some fascinating artefacts and local history.

The Stagecoach service X7 is a quick way to head to Stonehaven from Aberdeen.


Silver Sands Beach

Another great day out on the Fife Coastal Path, Aberdour has not one but two beaches you can visit. Silver Sands Beach at Aberdour (pictured above) is a fantastic destination where you can enjoy stunning views out to the islands of Inchmickery and Inchcolm, the site of a renowned abbey. Black Sands Beach is a small and secluded beach - perfect for a little relaxation in a tranquil setting.

For other attractions in the village, Aberdour Castle is a great place to visit. One of Scotland's oldest standing castles, featuring St Fillan’s Church, a walled garden and plenty to explore- don't forget your £1 entry to heritage sites with your Young Scot card.

Stagecoach services 7 or X57 along the Fife coast run to Aberdour. The bus stop Murrell Road on service 7 is a 10 minute walk from Silver Sands Beach, and you can reach Black Sands Beach via a 5 minute walk from the railway station bus stop - on route 7 as well.

Arbroath Beach

Arbroath Beach

The coastal town of Arbroath is easily reachable from Perth and Dundee. The beach is a great place to unwind, with  stunning cliff-top views, and an array of sea-birds to look out for.

Follow the coastal path from Arbroath to Auchmithie for great sea views and a pleasant walk. Make sure not to miss Arbroath Abbey, one of Scotland's most important monuments and the site of the Declaration of Arbroath - don't forget your £1 entry to heritage sites with your Young Scot card.

The Stagecoach  X7, 73 and 39/39A services run from Perth, and Dundee to Arbroath regularly. 

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