Unpopular opinion; I love it getting dark early because it's so easy to go sunset hunting. When the sun is setting at 10pm, I will be far too comfy to go out again.
Yellowcraig Beach in East Lothian has quickly become one of our favourite beaches. It's a stunning, clean beach with plenty of different views. If you head to the right up the beach, you'll see North Berwick and the law and Bass Rock. If you look straight ahead, you'll see the little island of Fidra with it's lighthouse - it is often said that the shape of Treasure Island was based on the shape of Fidra. And, if you head around to the left, you can explore rock pools and look further round the bay. There's also a bit of woodland and grassland around the beach to wander around as well.
It doesn't matter what time you visit this beach either, you'll get some great views, but it's really special at sunset. Presumably, it's also pretty nice at sunrise but I'm not a morning person, so couldn't comment.
The dark rocks and the silhouettes of the trees surrounding the beach contrast perfectly against the colourful sky, and reflections in the rock pools make it feel even more magical. There is no word for it, other than magical.
We've visited Yellowcraig a few times in the last few months and I think it might be about to replace Tyninghame as our favourite - well, my favourite at least. If you're visiting Edinburgh or the Lothians, Yellowcraig is well worth your time.
Visiting Yellowcraig Beach, East Lothian
Yellowcraig Beach is about a 45 minute drive from Edinburgh. If you're aiming to be there for a specific time around rush hour, I recommend using the feature on Google Maps to see what time you should leave by in case traffic on the Bypass might make you late.
Parking is £2 all day - even more of a reason to spend more time exploring the area if you have the time. There are public toilets there, so you could easily spend the entire day exploring the area.
If you're using public transport from Edinburgh, you can take the bus or train from the city centre out to Dirleton. From there, it's about a 20 - 25 minute walk to the car park, and then a few more minutes to the beach.
Dogs are allowed onto the beach, so you can take your furry friend on an adventure, too!