South east Scotland

Introduction

Times of high water

St Andrews: High water is 15 minutes before high water at Leith

Arbroath: High water is 45 minutes after high water at Aberdeen

Anstruther Easter: High water is 10 minutes before high water at Leith

North Berwick: High water is at high water at Leith

Kinghorn: High water is at high water at Leith

Dunbar: High water is 5 minutes before high water at Leith

Cramond Island: High water is at high water at Leith

St Abbs: High water is 15 minutes before high water at Leith

Berwick upon Tweed*: High water is 53 minutes before high water at River Tyne (north Shields)

Tidal streams

Between Arbroath and Montrose: The north north-east going stream begins at 2 hours after high water at Aberdeen. The south south-west going stream begins at 4 hours before high water at Aberdeen. The flow reaches a speed of 1.5 knots at springs.

Between Arbroath and Bell Rock: The north-east going stream begins at 3 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Aberdeen. The south-west going stream begins at 3 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Aberdeen. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Between St Andrews and Fife Ness: The east south-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 40 minutes before high water at Leith. The west north-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Leith. The flow reaches a speed of 0.5 knots at springs.

Off Fife Ness: The south-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 40 minutes before high water at Leith. The north-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Leith. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Between Anstruther and Elie: The east north-east going stream begins at 1 hours after high water at Leith. The west south-west going stream begins at 5 hours before high water at Leith. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

3.5 nm west of Isle of May: The north-east going stream begins at 45 minutes after high water at Leith. The south-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Leith. The north-east going stream reaches a speed of 0.8 knots at springs. The south-west going stream reaches a speed of 0.9 knots at springs.

Off Bass Rock: The east going stream begins at at high water at Leith. The west going stream begins at 6 hours before high water at Leith.

Off Fidra: The east going stream begins at 5 minutes after high water at Leith. The west going stream begins at 5 hours and 55 minutes before high water at Leith. The flow reaches a speed of 0.5 knots at springs.

Between Kinghorn and Inchkeith: The east north-east going stream begins at 44 minutes after high water at Leith. The west south-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Leith. The east north-east going stream reaches a speed of 1.2 knots at springs. The west south-west going stream reaches a speed of 1.1 knots at springs.

Mortimer's Deep: The tide flows north-east and south-west. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs.

North of Oxcars: The east north-east going stream begins at 1 hours after high water at Leith. The west south-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Leith. The east north-east going stream reaches a speed of 1.6 knots at springs. The west south-west going stream reaches a speed of 1.5 knots at springs.

Between Oxcars and Cow and Calves: The east north-east going stream begins at 1 hours after high water at Leith. The west south-west going stream begins at 5 hours before high water at Leith. The east north-east going stream reaches a speed of 1.3 knots at springs. The west south-west going stream reaches a speed of 1.2 knots at springs.

West of Forth Bridges: The east south-east going stream begins at at high water at Leith. The west north-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 15 minutes before high water at Leith. The east south-east going stream reaches a speed of 2.2 knots at springs. The west north-west going stream reaches a speed of 2.6 knots at springs.

Between Inchkeith and Leith: The east going stream begins at 10 minutes after high water at Leith. The west going stream begins at 6 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Leith. The east going stream reaches a speed of 0.8 knots at springs. The west going stream reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Under Forth Bridges: The east going stream begins at 35 minutes after high water at Leith. The west going stream begins at 5 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Leith. The east going stream reaches a speed of 2.3 knots at springs. The west going stream reaches a speed of 1.4 knots at springs.

Eddy to the west of St. Abb's Head: An eddy forms to the west of St. Abb's Head on the west-going stream, such that the easterly flow begins at the western point of the headland ahead of the main inshore flow turning.

St. Abb's Head: The south-east going stream begins at 3 hours and 5 minutes before high water at Leith. The north-west going stream begins at 3 hours and 45 minutes after high water at Leith. The flow reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs.

Around Eyemouth: The south south-east going stream begins at 2 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Leith. The north north-west going stream begins at 3 hours and 5 minutes after high water at Leith. The flow reaches a speed of 0.5 knots at springs. The flow is only really noticeable around the headland to the east of Eyemouth.

Off Berwick*: The south-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 15 minutes before high water at River Tyne (north Shields). The north-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 45 minutes after high water at River Tyne (north Shields). The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs. Inshore, south of the harbour entrance, the streams change direction around an hour earlier.

At entrance of River Tweed estuary*: The south-east going stream begins at 1 hours before high water at River Tyne (north Shields). The north-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 15 minutes before high water at River Tyne (north Shields). The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs. If paddling up the Tweed, aim to launch two hours before high water. Eddies behind bridges can be unpredictable in strong flows.

Upper reaches of River Tweed*: Upstream of the A1 bridge: The east going stream begins at 1 hours before high water at River Tyne (north Shields). The west going stream begins at 5 hours before high water at River Tyne (north Shields). The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Near Craigleith*: The east going stream begins at 30 minutes before high water at Leith. The west going stream begins at 5 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Leith.

Barns Ness*: The east south-east going stream begins at 3 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Leith. The west north-west going stream begins at 2 hours and 40 minutes after high water at Leith. The flow reaches a speed of 0.5 knots at springs.

North of Berwick upon Tweed*: The north north-west going stream begins at 2 hours and 25 minutes after high water at River Tyne (north Shields). The south south-east going stream begins at 3 hours and 35 minutes before high water at River Tyne (north Shields). The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

North of Berwick*: There can be unexpected breaking waves due to shallow rocks extending out from cliffs.

Notes

Access/Egress

Auchmithie: (NO 683 442) g

Arbroath (Whiting Ness): (NO 658 410) g

Abroath: (NO 641 404) g Beach and slip to west of outer harbour walls.

Carnoustie: (NO 566 343) g

Broughty Ferry: (NO 464 305) g

Tayport: (NO 458 291) g

St Andrews- West Sands: (NO 505 174) g

St Andrews- East Sands: (NO 519 164) g

Kingsbarns: (NO 602 125) g

Cellardyke Harbour/ Skinfast Haven, Anstruther: (NO 577 038) g Harbour dries at Lw. Parking looks very limited.

Anstruther Harbour: (NO 568 033) g

St Monans: (NO 525 016) g

Leven: (NO 391 013) g

Leven: (NO 387 009) g

Elie: (NT 497 996) g

Kinghorn: (NT 265 862) g

North Berwick: (NT 567 853) g Parking can get busy in summer.

Silversands Bay: (NT 201 852) g

Seacliff: (NT 608 846) g Down private track- fee to access

Dunbar- East Beach: (NT 682 790) g May be better at low water, more limited parking.

Belhaven: (NT 661 788) g Several free parking bays beyond (large) pay and display car park. Better at high water.

South Queensferry: (NT 131 785) g

White Sands: (NT 712 773) g Height restriction 2.1m.

Prestonpans: (NT 391 751) g

Pease Bay: (NT 794 709) g Car park at entrance to holiday park- trolleys needed for walk to beach.

St. Abbs: (NT 920 673) g Pay and display parking near the harbour and slipway. Parking is limited, and it might be advisable to arrive early at weekends. A fallback is to leave cars in the National Trust car park west of the village. In 2020, the car park cost £7 for the day, with £3 launching fees per kayak - honesty box by the harbourmaster's office.

Coldingham Bay: (NT 918 665) g Should be possible to drop boats at beach before parking in car park.

Eyemouth (beach): (NT 945 645) g At high water, beach is covered except at west side. Car park by coop in centre of beach.

Burnmouth: (NT 958 611) g At Hw landing on the beach is possible, but at Lw would need to land in dry harbour.

Berwick: (NU 007 527) g Reasonably sized parking area by a large area of grass. Short carry across this to the beach. Getting off the beach can be a little awkward at low tide due to reefs close offshore.

Sandstell Point, Spittal*: (NU 005 520) g Car park at end of road, overlooking sandy spit. May be surf on east but sheltered on west.

Cocklawburn Beach*: (NU 028 486) g Two small parking areas close to the beach. The location given is the larger car park and the one closer to the beach.

Suggested trips

St. Abb's Head: A fine trip around an impressive headland, with much potential for rock hopping. At the right times of the year, the cliffs and sky will be packed with seabirds. There is further interest (and a precarious castle wall perched above the sea) around Fast Castle Head. Works well as an out-and-back trip from St.Abbs, but there a number of other options.

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