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Yellowcraig, looking west

Yellowcraig, less commonly known as Broad Sands Bay, is a coastal area of forest, beach and grassland on the coast of the Firth of Forth in East Lothian.

Yellowcraig is bordered to the north by the Firth of Forth, to the south by the village of Dirleton [1] and Dirleton Castle, to the east by the North Berwick West Links golf course, and to the west by the Archerfield Estate and Links golf courses. It is all designated as a local nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Access to Yellowcraig is by the A198 coastal route through Dirleton. A visitor car park lies 300 yards south of the beach. The area includes information displays, a barbecue area and a Treasure Island themed adventure play park.

The car park has WCs and showers. There is also a wheelchair accessible path and ramp giving a view over the beach.


Yellowcraig is part of the John Muir Way, a 45-mile long distance footpath between Fisherrow, Musselburgh and Dunglass, named in honour of the conservationist John Muir, who was born in Dunbar. Yellowcraig is featured in the leaflet Aberlady to North Berwick among a series of leaflets on the John Muir Way.

The island of Fidra, reputedly the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, lies just to the north-west and is an RSPB nature reserve.

The East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service co-ordinates the day-to-day management of this site.[2]

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