Tentsmuir Beach

We finally managed to get some sunshine yesterday and do you know what I would have just settled for a day without rain! Deciding to make the most of it we thought we would visit somewhere new and opted for Tentsmuir beach on the east coast and not far from St Andrews. This was of course dependent on any road closures due to flooding or landslides! After checking the roads were all clear we made a flask, grabbed my camera bag and we were off.

When we moved from Herefordshire I was most excited at the prospect of being so close to the coast, less than an hour for us. Brilliant!

We had already read on the Tentsmuir website that the charge for parking was just two pounds, great value for money this seemed as we planned to spend several hours exploring the beach and the pine forest trails.

Arriving in the large open car park, which we were later told by a lady walking her dog has recently had some work done on it to make larger and trees have been removed, we found it was quite busy. As soon as we opened the car door we could hear the roar of the sea. The view straight out to sea is blocked by sand dunes and they were frozen! I’ve never walked on frozen sand before.

Making it across the dunes and out onto the beach, the noise of the crashing waves, sea birds and a bizarre mixture of smell – sea air and pine forest. The sun was shining, the clouds were light and wispy and the reflections on the sand and water were all magical. QUICK GET THE CAMERA OUT!

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After just standing and looking out to sea for a few minutes we set off on our walk along the beach. As usual I am left behind, although not on purpose, because I am looking on the ground and out to sea – I would hate to miss something!

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We didn’t have to wander far before coming across something I would rather have not seen. A dead common seal (I think it was a common juvenile, please correct me if this is wrong). Who knows what happened to it? I just hope it wasn’t anything too sinister and was just nature.

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We continued to walk further north along the beach looking at the variety of seashells, drift wood and general rubbish that had been washed up – it’s amazing what turns up! With the news of how Lulu the Orca apparently died recently off of the Scottish west coast surely this is more reason to take of our sea’s and ocean’s? Being entangled by fishing gear until you drown can’t be the nicest way to go! Tentsmuir Beach, Fife, Scottish Travel Blog Tentsmuir Beach, Fife, Scottish Travel Blog Tentsmuir Beach, Fife, Scottish Travel Blog

There were murmurations of birds putting on a great display along with large groups of low flying birds going up and down the surf. Really great to see. I was looking forward to seeing eider ducks here but not knowing the coast line or how much further we would have to walk to see them we decided to leave that for another day as the tide was coming in.

Tentsmuir Beach, Fife, Scottish Travel Blog

Tentsmuir Beach, Fife, Scottish Travel Blog

We followed the way marked path that runs parallel with the beach and forest until we came across the Ice House which was built in the 1800’s to keep locally caught salmon fresh and is now home to bats.

I would highly recommend visiting Tentsmuir beach and pine forest whether it be to take a leisurely stroll, watch the wildlife, take photographs or just to get some fresh air. We didn’t spend much time in the forest on this occasion if I am honest and this was intentional – means we shall have to visit again and look for the red squirrels.


  1. Sara-Jayne January 12, 2016 at 10:11

    What a post – I was up and down with emotion reading. How awful to discover such a beautiful creature washed up – and how delightful to find that sweet little crab! I’ve never visited this beach, I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on it and I agree, we really need to take better care of our beaches and sealife.

    1. Melanie January 12, 2016 at 11:15

      Thank you for your comments Sara-Jayne. It was really sad to see the seal washed up but I suspect it was just natural causes that killed it. Possibly the sea, it was so rough, but who knows? The rest of our walk was fabulous. If you get the chance to visit the east coast of Scotland then you really should make a bee line for this beauty. Thanks again for stopping by.

  2. Miranda (Anosa) January 12, 2016 at 16:22

    Such a lovely post and a shame about seeing what washed up, not sure I could have handled that well. Loving the pictures though

    1. Melanie January 13, 2016 at 09:17

      Thank you. It did play on my mind but I just kept thinking that it was natural causes.

  3. Eve Redmond January 12, 2016 at 19:01

    Those pictures are beautiful, sounds like a wonderful place xx

    1. Melanie January 13, 2016 at 09:18

      Thank you for your kind words. It really is a beautiful place to visit.

  4. Baby Isabella January 12, 2016 at 19:49

    The beach and landscape looks so vast!! Almost like another world! Love your style of photography 🙂 it’s facinating the items that get washed up in the shore!

    1. Melanie January 13, 2016 at 09:21

      Thank you. The light was just perfect for photographing the beach, almost monochrome. I loved finding the little crab but not so much the seal, a child’s bucket, rope, wooden fence stakes – I could list more. The next time I go I will also take a bag and clear some rubbish up.

  5. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops January 12, 2016 at 20:00

    What lovely photos, the first one looks almost surreal. Though the seal one did make me feel sad, when I first saw it I thought it was rolling over! It so sad but I hope, like you that it was nature and nothing sinister

    1. Melanie January 13, 2016 at 09:24

      Thank you. I love getting out and about with my camera. My other half is very understanding and patient whilst I am lay on the wet sand or grass because I have spotted something.

  6. Natalie Ray January 13, 2016 at 00:08

    I love these photos, especially the one of the shell and the one of the driftwood. I would love to have the time to collect driftwood and make some lovely household items from it – perhaps a small coffee table or a picture frame. Malvern hills college do some woodworking courses and on that imaginary day in the future when I have time to myself, I intend to do something like that, how amazing to be able to create your own masterpieces from a natural resource like driftwood?xx

    1. Melanie January 13, 2016 at 09:29

      Thank you. Of course I was to be found lay on wet sand to get the crab photo! There were some beautiful pieces of driftwood around, perfect for collection and re-homing. That day will come. Make the first step to making this happen and visit us! haha x

  7. Sonia January 13, 2016 at 19:33

    Oh that beach looks amazing, I would love to live close to the sea. I just love being by the coast x

    1. Melanie January 14, 2016 at 11:01

      It really is stunning. This beach is just under one hour away from us.

    1. Melanie January 14, 2016 at 11:07

      Ahhhh thank you. I love being able to photograph some of the smaller things in life too. We miss so much whilst we race around in our daily lives.

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