- If you pick anything up, please return them quickly to the spot that you found them in, it is against the law to remove pebbles and sand from beaches in the UK. Coastal habitats can be fragile and are easily damaged.
- Check the local tide time tables and aim for an hour before low tide to give you a couple of hours to explore – do research in advance to understand what happens when the tide comes in so you don’t accidentally get cut off.
- Keep an eye on what is happening with the tides each day – the tides move on by roughly 50 mins each day so low tide one day will be just under an hour later the next day.
- Bring a bucket and spade and either wear wellies or better still just have bare feet – you’ll want to get in the water.
- Whilst it is not unlawful to remove shells and driftwood, these can provide habitats for many sea creatures, so it’s best to leave them behind.
Please pick up after your dogs, and don’t allow them to harass any wildlife. While it might be fun for them or even your children to chase flocks of birds, this is actually making the birds use up stores of energy they need to search for food and raise their young.
Know the Scottish Outdoor Access Code before you go. Please follow any local guidance aimed at reducing dune or machair erosion or avoiding disturbance of nesting birds.
Spending some time at the beach? Make a day of it by visiting one of our exceptional Sunset sites.
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