Sandy toes and salty lips: Milne Graden’s favourite beaches

With the return of the warm summer sun comes the distinct urge to grab your bucket and spade and head to the beach. The feeling of the sand between your toes brings back memories of summer as a child building sandcastles and jumping in the crashing waves. At Milne Graden we are lucky enough to be situated only a short distance from the Berwickshire and North-Northumberland coastline, which boasts expansive golden sand beaches as far as the eye can see.

Spittal Beach
On the south side of the mouth of the River Tweed, opposite the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is Spittal Beach, only 12 miles and a 20 minute car journey from Milne Graden. Take a gentle stroll along the promenade, past the café and amusements, as you watch the waves roll up the beach.

Spittal Beach provides unique views of the Elizabethan town walls, which encase the town of Berwick, and the distinct candy-cane lighthouse at the end of the pier. Watch the kite buggies race across the glistening sand while you cast an eye out to the North Sea in the hope of spotting the dolphins jumping in the evening sun.

Cocklawburn Beach
A few miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed, 14 miles and a 25-minute car journey from Milne Graden, lies the expanding golden sands of Cocklawburn beach backed by grassy sand dunes (follow the signs to Pot a Doodle Doo). The beach expands south with views towards the historic Holy Island and the causeway which links it to the mainland.

Your furry friends can run free along the stretching sands as you enjoy the salty sea breeze which blows through your hair. Explore the rock pools for sea life, ensuring not to disturb them, or collect an empty seashell to take home as a treasure to remember the fond memories – a favourite for Ruby Rosie and Popcorn the furry resident at Milne Graden.

Coldingham Bay
Lined by a rainbow of beach huts, only 17 miles and 30 minutes drive from Milne Graden, the sheltered bay with white sands and crystal blue waters is the perfect place to soak in the warm rays of the hot summer sun. Grab a blanket and picnic and let the hours drift by as you enjoy the soft bubbling sound of waves in the distance.

Stretch your legs along the Berwickshire coast, with a stroll north towards St Abbs or south along the coastal walk which leads to the fishing town of Eyemouth. Or sip a cool refreshment through salty lips after enjoying the thrill of a dip in the refreshingly cold North Sea or a surf lesson at the local St. Vedas surf shop.

After a day spent at the beach, where your thoughts have drifted away with the waves and you are left feeling sun-kissed by the warm summer sun, return to your cosy cottage and leave the sand at the door. Each dog-friendly holiday home has a welcome hall, boot room or outdoor store perfect for sandy shoes, sea-soaked clothing or drying down the dogs. So if you feel like a change why not adventure to the beach during your stay at Milne Graden this summer – our favourite beaches provide a change of scenery to the riverside setting of the Tweed…and it will still be there when you return home.