Aberlady Bay, East Lothian
'A stunning local nature reserve within spitting distance of the capital, Aberlady Bay is a favourite haunt of Edinburgh residents,' says Richard Rowe. This is a great walk for twitchers as birds wintering here bank and wheel over the mudflats. Start at the small car park and clamber over the dunes to the wide stretch of beach, which has wonderful views across the Firth of Forth. '
Distance roughly a mile to the beach and then it's up to you (www.aberlady.org)