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2020 season - Corona virus statement

The trustees of Belhelvie Community Trust, who are responsible for running The Sand Bothy have considered the implications of The Corona Virus Pandemic and decided that the project should remain closed until further notice.

We will not re-open The Sand Bothy planned on 4 April.

All this is regrettable, but we need to protect our community, our visitors and our volunteers, without whom these projects would not be possible, and do our bit to stop the spread of the virus. We will keep you informed of further developments and we will post updates on Facebook and our websites. (March 2020)

How to find us

Once you are in Balmedie follow signs for the Balmedie Country Park and the Sand Bothy.  The Bothy is at the end of the car park. 

Address: The Sand Bothy, Balmedie Country Park, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, AB23 8XG


Our Kiosk serves snacks, ice cream and hot and cold drinks.  We are normally open from March to October every Saturday 12 noon to 3pm and Sunday 12 noon to 4pm.  We also open for special events at the Bothy and additional weekends.  Check our Facebook page for extra opening times.  Please note at the current time we are not opening due to the health crisis.

We always need more volunteers to help with the kiosk so if you are interested in volunteering please get in touch.  You can contact the Bothy team on email ( or send us a message here using the contact us page.

Sand Bothy merchandise

We have a variety of merchandise for you to buy at the kiosk including calendats postcards, pens, bags, torches, hats, calendars, fridge magnets, mugs and coasters.  See our full list on our kiosk and shop page.

Paths in the park

We have a map of the paths through the country park. Please click on the image for a larger version.

Map of the country park showing p


The Bothy is at the end of the Balmedie Country Park public car park


The Bothy does not have public toilets but there are toilets in the public car park next to the Bothy.

Picnic area

We have picnic areas surrounding the Bothy and in the dunes.  If you are bringing a BBQ please be careful to place this away from fire hazards. There are only limited litter bins so please help by planning to take your litter away with you.

Rooms and facilities

Inside the Bothy we have a family friendly exhibition about the park where you can find out about the park’s beach, wildlife and environment.

Our room is also available for hire as a space for your class, group, events and workshops. You can find out more on our facilities and room hire pages.


We do not allow animals other than assistance dogs inside the Bothy building. But we do provide water bowls for dogs outside when the kiosk is open.

Events and volunteering

We hold a wide range of events at the Bothy from Santa’s grottos, Easter egg hunts to writing classes.  There are also lots of chances to volunteer at the Bothy or at events like our recent beach clean with surfers against sewage. You can find out more on our events and volunteering pages.

Traveline Scotland

Public transport journey planner

Kiosk & shop

Food and drink, Sand Bothy merchandise


Find out more about our events here and on our Facebook page


Find out more about volunteering with us on our Facebook page

Get in touch

Address: Balmedie Country Park, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, AB23 8XG


Phone: 01358 742 396

Kiosk opening hours

The kiosk is closed until further notice due to the current health crisis.

Please see our Facebook page for the latest information.

Belhelvie Community Trust

Belhelvie Community Trust (BCT) Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) number SCO45563

Office of the Scottish Charity (OSCR) Regulator webpage for BCT

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