The stunning beach just 20 minutes from Aberdeen that could be your perfect day out

Balmedie Beach is a popular coastal destination for Aberdonians
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The east coast of Scotland is blessed with some of the country's most stunning beaches, and Aberdeenshire is no exception to that.

From shores in the heart of the city in Aberdeen, to quiet and untouched stands on the northern coast, there is a beach destination for everyone in our region.

And one of those that has proven to be a big hit with many is Balmedie Beach, with the stunning scenery and peaceful environment pulling in visitors aplenty.

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Around 20 minutes from Aberdeen by car, Balmedie is a perfect destination to gallivant off to if you're looking for somewhere with a bit quieter an environment.

It's a popular spot among families, dog walkers, horse riders and runners - so you'll have plenty of experience to enjoy.

In 2021 Balmedie Beach was given a Visit Scotland's Beach Award for excellence in access, facilities and safety, local environmental quality, and community and heritage.

The beach is made up of a 15-mile sand dune system, reaching from Donmouth nature reserve to its Forvie opposite at Newburgh.

It comes with wooded areas and a series of paths and boardwalks, but there are also plenty of barbecue stands and picnic tables for those fancying a bite to eat on their day out.

Nearby, Balmedie Country Park includes a constructed play park with a range of equipment, including an inclusive roundabout, funded, and installed by Belhelvie Community Trust.

There's a lot to love about Balmedie, with mile after mile of sand to stroll along on those gorgeous summer days, and it doesn't even take that long to reach.

And with the warmer weather enticing visitors into a seaside day out, perhaps a trip just north of Aberdeen to Balmedie for some sun, sea and sand might be the one for you.