Naturist / Nudist Beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Kinshaldy Beach



SE of Dundee. Long sandy beach, backed by dunes and forest. Walk about 1km either south or north of the access point


Kinshaldy Beach is located at the northern tip of Scotland's Fife peninsula, in an area known as Tentsmuir Forest.

Getting There

Satnav: KY16 0DP (about 1km away), OS Map Ref: NO 502254 and NO 502233

From Edinburgh:
Cross the Forth road bridge and continue north on the M90, leaving the motorway at Junction 8. Take the A92 through Cupar toward St. Andrews. Continue on this road until you reach the roundabout at Guardbridge. Take the A919 Leuchars road (left), past the turning for R.A.F. Leuchars and continue straight ahead. Upon Entering Leuchars, there is a small roundabout, with a sign for Kinshaldy Beach pointing to the right.. Simply follow the signs! The Tentsmuir Forest car park is 4 miles or so from here.. .

From Dundee:
Cross the Tay Road Bridge and follow the A92 southwards for about two miles before joining the A92 for Leuchars. On reaching the roundabout in Leuchars, follow the directions given above to the Tentsmuir Forest car park.

Follow the path from the Forestry Commission car park which leads on to the (textile) beach. Once on the beach, you have a choice... "mostly gays at north end but more straight at south"

  • turn right and head south, passing a tatty, faded plastic oil drum filled with sand, with the number "4" on it. The (unofficial) naturist section is a short way beyond.
  • turn left and head north for about 1km


The beach consists of "three miles of golden sand" backed by sand dunes. At low tide the beach is often a mile wide with "ample scope for nude sun and sea bathing". Behind the dunes there is a wild life conservation site, please respect the signs and keep out!


There are no facilities on the beach per se, so please take any litter home with you. A one pound entry fee to the Tentsmuir forest car park pays for the maintenance of the car park toilets.



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