Ballantrae shorefront is a beautiful area to visit, with its mixture of tranquillity and ruggedness. To the north is the harbour area, which was developed further in 1847 to form the present structure. Ballantrae had a well-developed fishing community in the past with fishermen and their families at one time occupying all the cottages along the foreshore. As with most of these small fishing towns and villages there is no commercial fishing now based here, and all sailing is limited to leisure sailing.
The beach is a mixture of sand and shingle, with to the south an area that has been listed by Scottish Natural Heritage as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (S.S.S.I.). The area is noted for the shingle beach, which provides a habitat to a wide range of coastal plant material, and as home to a breeding colony of birds.