The beautiful UK beach you've probably never heard of where you might be the only tourist

A beautiful UK beach which you’ve probably never heard of is so quiet that you might just be the only tourist.

Coldingham Sands is a “lovely, quiet” beach which at this chilly time of the year is visited by just a few, fans of the Scottish beauty spot have said.

A sheltered spot at the mouth of the Buskin Burn in the Scottish Borders, Coldingham Sands stretches for a kilometre along Coldingham Bay in Berwickshire.

Situated within the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve, the beach is bookended by rocky shores where children can enjoy searching for hermit crabs among the rockpools. A good place to catch the early morning sun due to its eastwards facing position, there are beach huts to the north and Homeli Knoll to the south from where there are excellent views, according to

The beach is a popular spot during warmer spells, but at this time of year you may find yourself among a small number of people walking across the sand there.

Out of 232 reviews on Tripadvisor, 177 say Coldingham Sands is “excellent” with the most recent hailing the “stunning location”.

Reviewer David R, from Glasgow, who has made 531 contributions to the review website, wrote on Friday (November 24): “Today the place was pretty much empty, other than a couple of dog walkers, but with a cafe, lifeboat station, toilets, and a multitude of beach huts it is clear this will be a very busy place at times.

“And it deserves to be – it’s got great sand and is a stunning location.”

Fellow Tripadvisor reviewer, Fiona R, said of the place: “Love it. Such a beautiful beach with a nice cafe, friendly staff & dog friendly. Lovely ice cream & even ones for your furry friend…”

Soozee wrote: “A lovely sandy beach, we walked along and watched the waves breaking following it round to the headland and another pebbly beach. The colourful beach huts made a lovely sight.”

Not far from the beach lie the romantic ruins of Coldingham Priory, which was founded in the 11th century by King Edgar I of Scotland and destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in the 17th century.

According to, the water quality at Coldingham Sands is rated five-stars with the location having received awards from the Marine Conservation Society and Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The nearest town to Coldingham Sands is Eyemouth, which is a 10 minute drive or 90 minute walk away. There are also buses to the village of Coldingham.

To get there from Edinburgh, follow the A1 to the A1107 and stay on that road until you reach the bay. The journey takes a little over an hour.

From Berwick Upon Tweed, follow the A1167 and take the A1 exit at the Highfields roundabout. Follow the A1 then turn right onto the B6438 towards Coldingham.


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