Longniddry Bents

How to get there

By train
Scot rail .The Edinburgh - North Berwick train stops every hour at Longniddry and more frequently on Saturdays. From there it is a 15 minute walk down to the coast and Longniddry Bents

By bus
Lothian Regional Transport bus No26 takes you to the adjacent facility of Seton Sands, which is situated 200m to the W of Longniddry Bents. East Coast Buses operate service 124/X24.

By car
Three car parks off the B1348 / A198 serve this facility.

Parking Charges
Parking charges may apply to coastal car park.

By bicycle

Accessed off the B1348 / A198. Some care required on this coastal road, it can be busy at weekends.

Facilities

  • the Countryside Ranger Service co-ordinates the day-to-day management of this site
  • WCs in each car park, open May-September only. Longniddry village has food and drinks outlets.

Description

A narrow, 3km strip of coastal grassland, sand dune and beach. Rocky and sandy shore. The combination of coastline and its relative location in the Forth make this a particularly popular location for kite surfers.

Natural History

Longniddry Bents is known best for its plant life. The base-rich soils have allowed a number of plants to flourish here that are only seen occasionally elsewhere in the county. In May, yellow cowslips are abundant, their nodding heads enabling you to tell them apart from their close relative, the primrose. Cowslips are quickly replaced by bloody cranesbill, bright pink-purple flowers that occur in clumps, particularly at the No3 car park.

Alongside the flowers, this section of coast attracts a number of sea duck and wading bird, together with sandwich terns during summer. The autumn sees red-necked grebes regularly forming a small flock in Gosford Bay, these attract a number of bird watchers and, again, No3 car park is the best place from where to look for them.