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Surfing Coldingham Bay: Surf Spot Guide

Also known as Coldingham Sands, this blue flag beach on the east coast of Scotland offers relatively short lefts and rights. On its day, when the conditions are right, the waves can become heavier and hollow, with a bit of oomph to them. It can pick up north east swells and some stronger southeast swells, but the northeast and east swells are usually better. The small town caters for surfers, and lessons are available for beginners. When it’s good, and especially in peak seasons, it can get quite busy. Coldingham’s golden sands attract beach and coastal goers of all sorts, so even if the water isn’t busy, the beach could be.

Coldingham Bay - What Waves, When

It works on all stages of the tide. The banks will shift and change as swells change, so there’s no when and where rule of thumb.

Mid and high tide are generally better than low, with high tide being the heaviest on larger swells.

Coldingham Bay – Out of the Water

Surf lessons, hire, repair and goods are available very close to the bay. Coldingham is small and quiet, but there’s everything to cater for basic needs. Berwick is about ten miles south and you’ll find more choice there. Or, if you want to go wild, you’re less than fifty miles from Edinburgh! There’s a restaurant / cafe at the beach and you can find pub food in Coldingham village for post-surf refreshment. There is small hotel and guesthouse accommodation available close to the beach, and more to choose from in Coldingham village, within a mile or two of the bay. There you’ll have the choice of holiday park, BnB, pub and more.

Walking and rock pooling is recommended; it’s a beautiful area.

 

Pros

  Picks up most swells the North Sea has to offer.
  Blue flag and Clean Beach awards, lifeguarded in summer.
   

Cons

  Rarely epic.
   
 
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