Paddle Boarding Yellowcraig Beach

If you want to go paddle boarding in East Lothian away from the busier spots then Yellowcraig may just be the spot for you. Tucked away behind the small village of Dirleton you’ll find this wee treasure with ample parking and access to a beautiful sandy beach.

The Main Points

  • Location – Yellowcraig Beach, East Lothian, Scotland
  • Cost – Free access to the beach, paid car parking
  • Conditions – Salt water 
  • Other users – Other beach goers
  • Entry Point – Sandy beach access approx 1km from car park
  • Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- Nearby village of Dirleton, Bathroom and cafe facilities Archerfield Walled Garden cafe

Location Yellow Craig Beach


We stumbled upon this lovely beach when we were doing some house sitting nearby. We never would have guessed that there was such a nice beach so close by! And of course anywhere there is water, there is SUP Chick contemplating just how she’s going to get out onto it for a paddle!

When we were at Yellowcraig it was October which is not the warmest of months for paddle boarding in Scotland. But one thing we did learn from the years we have lived in Scotland is that you just never know. Even though there were many crows quaking as we pumped up the paddle board giving an eerie Halloween feel, it was actually quite sunny and mild.

Yellowcraig beach can be a little exposed and on the day we went paddle boarding it was no exception. The water was quite stirred up and choppy so we weren’t out for long. But with all paddle boarding adventures we are always glad we made the effort.

For those more adventurous and in better conditions there are Fidra and the Sow which are islands about 500m from the shore. We didn’t cross as the conditions were too choppy for an enjoyable paddle. I would suggest if you are interested in doing this that you make sure that the conditions are favourable as waters can be pretty treacherous to the unprepared. Do your research and ensure that it is safe to paddle out that far in this location. Alternatively other options for paddle boarding from the Yellowcraig beach include west or east along the shore line. West takes you past the Archerfield links and towards Gullan. Paddle boarding east from Yellowcraig will take you towards the town of North Berwick.

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2 thoughts on “Paddle Boarding Yellowcraig Beach

    • SUP Chick says:

      It’s funny but we seemed to notice a nice week in October most years surrounded by more typical October – almost like a last hurrah before winter 😊

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