5. Carnoustie Beach
Who’ll like this beach best: People who want to reach a beach by train, anyone with kids, and folks living in (or vacationing in) Dundee.
Pretty close to St Andrews, it’s another of the best east-coast beaches in Scotland for anyone with kids.
Carnoustie Beach is sandy and spacious… so it’s perfect for strolling, and even more perfect for building sandcastles.
But more importantly, it’s close to loads of fun and conveniences. Because you’re so close to the town of Carnoustie (and because Carnoustie is bigger than most people expect), you’re within wandering distance of lots of shops, eateries, and stuff to do.
Right beside the beach, you’ll find a play area and a paddling pool… and a bit further afield, you can explore Crombie Country Park, Monikie Country Park (home to ducks, kayaking, and loads more activities), and the nearby fun of Dundee.
Best of all, the beach is super easy to access—it’s only a 5-minute walk from Carnoustie Railway Station… which is directly connected to loads of handy places, like Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.