Skinny Dipping at Peffersands Nudist Beach

Peffer Sands Unofficial Naturist Beach (Ravensheugh), Tyninghame, East Lothian


Park at Tyninghame Beach Car Park at the bottom of Lime Tree Walk. Nearest Post Code is EH42 1XW (though don't follow it all the way as it sends you into private land.... continue along A198 and go down Lime Tree Walk). Best using  or
Cost £2.50 via cash machine (also takes card via RingGo 21005). Mobile signal is patchy in that area.... so check you have cash just in case. Though, if you are intending to use East Lothian beaches a lot then they offer a season ticket for £50 (order online). The car park is very busy at weekends so it is recommended to avoid going between 9:30am and 3:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays as the road is closed to cars as soon as the car park is full! 

Swim Spot: 

Peffersand Nudist Beach (unofficial) is at the northern end - shown on the left in the image below, though when then kids are in school the beach is quiet, and so naturist tend to venture further towards the Ravensheugh Beach end - which I totally recommend as there are no rocks in the water in that section. 
It is a 20 minute walk to the swim spot (1.6km each way). 

Best time to go:

Hot midweek days in the summer are perfect for this beach. There is no-one around except the occasional dog walker. So you can venture further away from the Peffer Sands towards the Ravensheugh Beach end...  shown in the image below. But do avoid school holidays and weekends.... unless the weather is cold, as it just won't be feasible to walk naked along the beach without raising a few eyebrows. The nudist beach of Peffersands is a little further along before the burn.. but I prefer a sandier location show below. 
The tide does go out really far so it is best to time your swim around 1 hour either side of high tide. Tide times here:


The water can get quite rough on windy days so just take care. You may also spot the occasion seal swimming in the water too. The tide goes out very far -- avoid the temptation to pitch on the shore for swim when it is out as you'll get marooned when it comes back in either side of you. 

The water quality is amazing so no need to worries about sewage here. SEPA monitor the water just up the coast at Seacliff if you want to check the data:

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Lee Live: Photographer, Edinburgh