World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 0.8 (121 votes)

Silver Sands

Listed under Beaches in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

  • Photo of Silver Sands
  • Photo of Silver Sands
Photo of Silver Sands
Photo by flickr user pamelaadam
Pin It

This open sandy beach, near the town of Aberdour in Fife, has spectacular views to the Islands of Inchmickery and Inchcolm with its famous abbey. Silver Sands lies on the Fife coastal path, and cliff top walkers at nearby Hawkcraig enjoy magnificent views across the river Forth to Edinburgh. The cliffs between Silver Sands and Aberdour harbour are popular with abseilers and climbers, and because Hawkcraig was formed from volcanic rock, the character of the plant life here is quite rare.

The area is also notable for waders and sea duck, including the goldeneye, that breed in the far north and then fly south to over-winter on the Forth. Twitchers can additionally keep a beady eye out for red breasted mergansers, cormorants, oystercatchers and curlews, which are often seen feeding on the large grassy area behind the beach at high tide.

Written by  Thomas Bell.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?

Who's been here

Similar Experiences

  • Whitehaven Beach

    Whitehaven Beach is a spectacular, picture-perfect white sand beach. In the competition for best beach, Whitehaven, on Whitsund…

  • Aitutaki

    Although Aitutaki comes second to Rarotonga in being the visitor's favourite Cook Island, it makes up for it with the natural b…

  • White Bay Beach

    White Bay Beach is a Caribbean classic, a truly fantastic stretch of sandy beach shelving into superb sea in a score of shades …

Nearby Experiences

  • Lauriston Castle

    Lauriston Castle is supposed to be haunted. Ghostly footsteps changing pace move around the upper floors as if there's someone…

  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    This garden started out growing plants for medicinal purposes but has added thousands and thousands of plants to its collection…

  • Edinburgh Central Hostel

    Once an office block, this four storey building still looks office-block-esque, but in the same way that newer Holiday Inns do,…

Related links

Contribute to this page