Beach of the week: Yellowcraigs, Scotland

Thursday, 8 August 2013 10:33 AM

Our beach of the week this week is Yellowcraigs, also known as Broad Sands Bay, located in East Lothian on the coast of Scotland. Yellowcraigs is also one of the best beaches near Scottish capital Edinburgh, so if you’re around for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 2 - 26 and want a bit of time by the sea, then this is your best bet.

The wide windswept beach is a dedicated nature reserve, backed by forests and wavering grassland and surrounded by a typical Scottish scene of villages, castles and golf courses.

It’s a great beach for families too, with a barbecue area, coastal path and a woodland adventure playground. In fact Yellowcraigs is part of the John Muir Way, 45 mile long distance footpath between Fisherrow, Musselburgh and Dunglass so is a perfect day out for walking enthusiasts too.

Just off the coast of Yellowcraigs visitors will be able to spot the rocky outcrop and lighthouse of the island of Fidra, said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and also a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) reserve.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world and features everything from comedy stand up to street theatre, music, dance performances and short films.

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