Dalmeny Coast, Edinburgh
1st March 2024
Within sight of the City of Edinburgh lies a remarkably quiet stretch of coast, with beautiful sandy beaches and rocky headlands made of different types of igneous rock. Starting from beneath the Forth Rail Bridge we walk east along the shore of the Firth of Forth, past Dalmeny House and Eagle Rock.
THE ROCKS: We begin with an array of sedimentary rocks, containing clues to their formation in the Carboniferous period more than 300 million years ago. Walking further along the coast we leave these soft rocks behind, and the character of the coast line is determined by occasional rocky headlands made of a range of hard igneous rocks.
THE WALK: This is a flat and gentle walk. We’ll start under the Forth Rail Bridge, and follow the coast path past Dalmeny House before cutting inland and returning to the start point via quiet roads and paths. Despite the proximity to Edinburgh, this is a quiet and underappreciated stretch of coast, with beautiful sandy beaches and rocky headlands.
I have classified this as a Moderate Walk, mainly because of the length of the walk (13km). There are short sections on sandy and rocky beaches, which may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear, waterproof clothing, and something to eat and drink. Duration 5 hours, distance 13 km.