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The small seaside town of Aberdour is a great destination for a day out at the beach or a longer stay by the sea. With two beautiful, award-winning beaches, one of Scotland’s oldest still-standing castles, a golf course, a pier and a good choice of traditional shops and pubs, there’s lots to see and do.

Aberdour Castle is fondly described as a ‘splendid ruin’. Although some of the 12th century castle has tumbled down, there are several sections that are largely intact, including the Hall House with its intricately painted ceiling. Strike a pose on the still-complete Upper Terrace by pretending to be a medieval noble looking out across the stunning gardens and 16th century doocot to the Firth of Forth and Edinburgh.

Aberdour has two excellent beaches. Silver Sands is ideal for family fun as it has the added benefits of a café, toilets and, in summer, children’s activities and lifeguards. The Black Sands is a smaller, quieter beach with rock pools and pretty shells just waiting to be found in the sand (which isn’t black, despite the name).

Aberdour Golf Club’s 18-hole course has breathtaking views over the Firth of Forth and its islands. It’s difficult to take a swing when Inchcolm Island looks close enough to touch!

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