Gullane is 20 miles East of Edinburgh on the Firth of Forth, has a large sandy beach, and offers excellent windsurfing conditions. The best wind for Gullane is Westerly. There is usually quite a bit of irregular chop. Further offshore, where the currents meet, there is usually some wave or swell.
If the wind is south westerly, the windsurfing may be better at Longniddry, which is about 6 miles from Gullane by road.
If you sail out about a mile from the beach in a Westerly wind, you will look downwind to Fidra lighthouse about 3.5 miles away.
At Gullane you will see the occasional seal, and a variety of bird life including eider ducks, oystercatchers, cormorants, guillemots, razorbills, puffins and gannets. Gannets look for areas with moderate winds, and can often be seen circling overhead when you are attempting to waterstart in the waves.
The Gannets nest in enormous numbers on Bass Rock, which is about 8 miles away.
The car park has an entry barrier of height 2.1m. Some regular users may have keys to the barrier. The council operates a park and display policy. The charge is currently £2 per day.
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