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Issue 62 - East Coast Charm

Scotland Magazine Issue 62
April 2012


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East Coast Charm

Scotland’s west coast is renowned for it’s many wonderful beaches but the east coast also has its fair share. One beautiful stretch of perfect east coast sand is Ravensheugh Sands, which lies near to the historic town of Dunbar in East Lothian.

A short walk from the car park at Tyninghame Links leads to a bank of dunes near to an old wooden chalet, and from here a remarkable view stretches along Ravensheugh Sands gorgeous expanse of golden beach, drawing the eye to the twin sentry’s of Bass Rock and North Berwick Law. A walk along Ravensheugh Sands is highly recommended and here the spectacular sight of gannets plunging, from a great height, and at extraordinary speed, into the Firth of Forth can be seen.

Ravensheugh Sands is also where the monk St Baldred arrived in the 8th century from Northumberland. St Baldred was the first recorded settler at Tyninghame and he established a monastery here soon after his arrival and also built a small chapel on Bass Rock. St Baldred must have marvelled at the undoubted beauty of Ravensheugh Sands and this continues today, with many people taking advantage of the soft sand, superb wildlife and exceptional views.