Top beaches to reach by train in Scotland

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Scotland has its share of beautiful beaches, many of which are really easy to reach by train.

A trip to the coast with family and friends can offer unforgettable days out and memories that last a lifetime. We’ve listed some of our favourite beaches here…


During the summer months, particularly on a sunny day, Ayr beach is a lively place full of friends and families building sandcastles, paddling in the water and relaxing on the golden sands.

The grassy seafront area is also a popular spot for picnics, sunbathing and playing ball games.

Heading to Ayr with the little ones? There’s plenty to keep them entertained at the beach with soft play, mini golf, laser games and an impressive outdoor play area.

Plus, it’s really easy to get to! Frequent trains run from Glasgow Central taking around 55 minutes, and then it’s a short walk from the station to the seafront.

Carnoustie BeachCarnoustie

The famous golf town, Carnoustie, has welcomed many celebrities over the years as they come to play on town’s championship course.

But golf isn’t the only appeal. The local beach is definitely something to shout about too. It boasts an adventure play area with climbing frames and a paddling pool. There’s also a seafront leisure centre with outdoor tennis courts.

Plus, Carnoustie train station is just a stone throw away from the beach. Located on the Edinburgh/Glasgow – Aberdeen train route, this beach is an ideal option for those travelling from the north and the central belt.


Just up the road from Carnoustie is the seaside town of Arbroath. A popular choice for those wishing to holiday at home, Arbroath boasts an array of tourist attractions perfect for the whole family.

It’s less than a miles’ walk from the train station to the beach. On the way you’ll pass the town harbour where you may spot some Arbroath Smokies over the smoking barrel – the town is famous for these local delicacies.

Pop in to the visitor centre or head on the Bell Rock Lighthouse Museum. Next stop is Pleasureland, an indoor fun fair and amusement arcade. Once you finally manage to tempt the kids out of there, just step over to the beach seafront for more family-fun. It’s got an outdoor paddling pool, miniature golf, an adventure play area, a skate park, and a miniature railway.

Troon BeachTroon

Troon beach is a popular day out choice – especially when the sun’s out. Regular trains run from Glasgow, taking around 40 minutes and the beach is just a few minutes’ walk from station – making this seaside town really easy to reach.

From the beautiful curved bay, you can see right out to the Isle of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre. There’s a playpark for kids and some lovely gardens and great restaurants around.

Be sure to stop by the Ice Cream Factory for a tasty cone and some sweets. And visit Wee Hurrie’s for some fish and chips – a day out at the beach isn’t complete without them!

Aberdeen BeachAberdeen

Depart the train at Aberdeen and enjoy a 20-minute stroll through the Granite City before you arrive at the long, golden, sandy beach. Don’t fancy getting sand in your shoes? Take in the scenery by walking along the promenade – you may even spot a dolphin or two!

The beachfront offers loads of amenities with Codonas Amusement Park boasting fun-fair rides, arcades, bowling, and a cinema. Plus there’s loads of restaurants and cafes nearby to fill your bellies.

The unpredictable Scottish weather means locals often joke that a trip to Aberdeen beach requires a winter coat and suncream – you just don’t know which one you’ll need. Either way, you’re sure to have a great day out!

North Berwick BeachNorth Berwick

This picturesque seaside town is just 30 minutes from Edinburgh by train. It’s known not only for its sandy beach but also for the Scottish Seabird Centre, a five star attraction which boasts interactive live cameras to zoom in on the amazing local wildlife in its natural habitat.

There’s also loads of sporting activities on offer from putting greens and tennis courts for the adults to playgrounds for the kids.

As with most Scottish seaside towns, ice cream and fish and chip shops are in abundance. But here you’ll also find chic coffee shops and tearooms as well as quirky boutiques for a unique shopping experience.

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