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Balmedie Country Park

Balmedie BeachBalmedie
AB23 8XG

Location Map

On the coast east of the village of Balmedie 8 miles north of Aberdeen on the A 90 road to Peterhead and Fraserburgh. The park is well signed from the A90.

The park is open during the hours of daylight every day of the year.
The beach is sandy and over the years has won a number of awards.

Balmedie Grounds

Dunes and water at BalmedieThe park is within part of a dune system that stretches 14 miles from Aberdeen to just north of the mouth of the River Ythan at Newburgh. The beach is sandy and over the years has won a number of awards including a seaside award in 2018.

At the back of the beach is a substantial area of sand dunes where the principal vegetation is marram grass but which also contain a range of other plants at home in this type of environment.

Two watercourses make their way to the sea within the area covered by the park creating ribbons of wetland vegetation along their course.

On the landward side of the dunes is an area of stable grassland where the car parks and picnic benches are situated.


The park contains one toilet block in the North Car Park is open all year round and includes facilities for the disabled.

A total of 1700 metres of boardwalk assist visitor access through the dunes. View Balmedie Country Park map (pdf 2MB).

Sand Bothy kiosk selling hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. Advance arrangements can be made by calling us at 07864 350989 for the use of the All Terrain wheelchair. Picnic tables and children play equipment are situated within the park. Barbecues are free of charge, subject to availability.

The park is often used by horse riders as a starting and finishing point for beach rides. 

The park can now be accessed via the rural path links from Balmedie village. It should be noted that the use of any motorised vehicle on the dune area is prohibited both as a measure for dune protection and also for safety reasons. The sand dunes are a relatively fragile and easily damaged area.

Car Park Charges

There are no parking charges.