About Aberdeen - Beach

A 3 mile long stretch of sand that runs north from the mouth of the River Dee with a number of banks that work through the tides, sculpted in part by the obvious impediment of groynes built to lessen beach erosion. Sandbars also form around the mouth of the River Don at the northern end of the Esplanade. Obviously beware of rips.

Source: Aberdeen - Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Fun spot for all, beginners watch out for rips in anything but tiny waves.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating


Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Can get busy, but generally mellow.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Beachbreak that can be excellent but depends on the banks which shift and form around groynes and rivermouth.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Hard work in anything but small waves.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Can be polluted after rains.

Additional Information


Long shore drift and strong rips a problem, plus many groynes.


Plenty of Beachfront parking.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard, bodysurfing


Sand with groynes.

Best Season

December - February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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