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Whitesands Bay Beach

Dunbar, East Lothian

An attractive compact beach with fine golden sand bounded by a rocky shore and backed by low coastal grassland spotted with picnic tables. Whitesands is an ideal place for an early-morning swim. There are pleasant views to be had along the coast.

Weather and Tides


29 April 2017

Light Cloud

Minimum Temperature8°C (46°F)
Wind DirectionSouth Easterly
Wind Speed11mph
UV Risk4
Sunset20:45 BST


30 April 2017

Light Cloud

Maximum Temperature12°C (54°F)
Minimum Temperature8°C (46°F)
Wind DirectionEast South Easterly
Wind Speed23mph
VisibilityVery Good
UV Risk5
Sunrise05:29 BST
Sunset20:47 BST


1 May 2017

Light Cloud

Maximum Temperature11°C (52°F)
Minimum Temperature8°C (46°F)
Wind DirectionEasterly
Wind Speed17mph
VisibilityVery Good
UV Risk4
Sunrise05:27 BST
Sunset20:49 BST


High tide: 05:08 BST
(04:08 29 April 2017 GMT)

Low tide: 11:14 BST
(10:14 29 April 2017 GMT)

High tide: 17:31 BST
(16:31 29 April 2017 GMT)

Low tide: 23:33 BST
(22:33 29 April 2017 GMT)


High tide: 05:55 BST
(04:55 30 April 2017 GMT)

Low tide: 12:01 BST
(11:01 30 April 2017 GMT)

High tide: 18:24 BST
(17:24 30 April 2017 GMT)


Low tide: 00:19 BST
(23:19 30 April 2017 GMT)

High tide: 06:46 BST
(05:46 1 May 2017 GMT)

Low tide: 12:51 BST
(11:51 1 May 2017 GMT)

High tide: 19:20 BST
(18:20 1 May 2017 GMT)

Important! Tide times are for the nearest measurement point (Dunbar) and may not be accurate for this beach. You should not rely on these times for anything other than a broad indication of when the tide will be at its highest or lowest.

In particular, these tide times are not suitable for navigational use.

Accurate tide forecasts require complex calculations and detailed local information. If you intend to engage in any activity for which tidal information is important for safety reasons (including sailing, powerboating, diving, and surfing) then you should obtain professional data.

Tidal predictions are © Crown Copyright and/or database rights. Reproduced by permission of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office and the UK Hydrographic Office (