Sun, Sea and Sand...
The coast and coastal waters here have some of the highest concentrations of marine and bird life in Europe and it also has without doubt some of the finest sandy beaches; unspoilt, clean and just perfect for summer holidays with the family, bracing shoreline walks in the autumn or just the place to let the dog have a good run!
Where ever you look you’ll find plenty of superb beaches. On the east coast there are some lovely stretches of sandy beaches extending from Dornoch in the highlands, south to Nairn in Moray and further south all along the eastern coastline, including Stonehaven in Abderdeenshire and Lunan Bay in Angus. The Fife coast has some beautiful beaches, including a number of Blue Flag beaches at St. Andrews, Elie and Leven.
The East Lothian coast is dotted with beaches including Dunbar and North Berwick and in the Scottish Borders there is a Blue Flag beach near Eyemouth.
The northern and north western coastlines also have world class beaches, set within a more rugged environment, with lots of pretty coves and bays. On the north coast visitors will experience a wild and ‘moody’ coastline with fantastic open skies and fast changing weather, crashing Atlantic rollers and dramatic seascapes, just ideal for a holiday that will blow away all the cobwebs and bring you back in touch with nature!
All along the west coast the dramatic Highland coastline reveals lots tiny coves and bays and pretty fishing harbours and of course the islands of the inner and outer Hebrides, such as the Isle of Skye are also renowned for their beautiful coastlines and beaches.
To the south in Dumfries and Galloway the coastline extends from the sandy beaches of the Solway Firth to the rugged cliffs in the south west; quiet and beautiful for a relaxing holiday.
All told a beach holiday in Scotland has all the ingredients for a fantastic self catering break away with family or friends, where you can chill out and relax or get active with a multitude of sports and activities.
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This wonderful long, sandy beach has won the famous “seaside award” for its clean bathing waters.
The 2 main beaches in Nairn are real hidden gems offering wild and sandy dunes and rocky pools to explore on some of the most wonderful stretches of uncrowded beach.
Located on the Fife coastal path, this popular blue flag beach offers almost a mile of uninterrupted sand and crisp, clear waters.
The beautiful and scenic beach at Leven is a place of natural scenic beauty and combines spectacular sea views with miles of golden sands.
This sheltered, sandy, blue flag beach has been a popular tourist destination for many years.
Staffin bay, located in the north of Skye, is one of the few sandy beaches on the island, making it a great destination for families.
Breakish Beach is located on the South East Coast of Skye and is only a few minutes drive from Skye Bridge.
The Coral beach area of Skye is one of the most beautiful coastal locations on Skye.
Ideal for coastal walks and picnic sites, Lunderston Bay is popular with tourists all year round.
Luskentyre on the west coast of the Isle of Harris has been voted the top beach in the whole of Britain.
Sandwood Bay is an idyllic beach in Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland.
Situated at the most westerly point on mainland Britain Sanna Bay is dominated by beautiful white shell sands and true blue sea water.
Just one of the many stretches of beach in Moray Burghead Bay winds for 11 miles along the coast from Findhorn Beach to Burghead.
With the Killantringan lighthouse sitting on a ridge overlooking the whole of the bay, this beach has a rugged charm to it which is typical of Scottish beaches.
Complete with really stunning views and cockling industry which is steadily on the rise, Carse Bay is proving to be a very popular place with visitors and collectors alike.
Monreith village is small in size, home to under a hundred people making this beach really something special when you are paying a visit.
Spanning over 3 miles at low tide, the Luce Sands is a beautiful beach which is rich in marine and wildlife.
With a rural setting to enjoy the expanse of sandy beach, Carrick Shore is a popular visit for couples looking at a romantic retreat.
Following the beach at Port Logan bay around its shore you’ll find the old harbour and lighthouse there which really give the place a character and feel unique to the Galloway area.
Situated just north of Aberdeen and within the Balmedie country park, this alluring and tranquil beach is renowned for its clean golden sands and grassy dunes.
Only fifteen minutes walk from the town centre, this gorgeous beach is well renowned.
Aberdour Silver Sands is an incredibly popular seaside resort located in one of the most beautiful sections of the Fife coast.
It is hardly surprising that in 2000 Lunan Bay was voted the best beach in Scotland; its outstanding natural beauty is apparent in the miles of beautiful golden sand framed by low cliffs and stunning scenery.
The west coast of this beautiful island is well known for its unique raised beaches and raised beach platforms.
Rothesay pier is famously home to what have often been regarded as ‘some of the most beautiful’ Victorian public toilets in the whole of Britain!
This tiny Island of magnificent Hebridean beauty is well renowned for its gleaming white beaches.
Oban, the seafood capital of Scotland, is the perfect destination for a beachy holiday.
A popular destination for whale watchers and renowned for its wildlife seeing opportunities, the Isle of mull has some popular beaches.
The isle of Tiree is famous for being the sunniest (and windiest!) spot in Britain during the summer.
Best known for its sandy beaches, fantastic wildlife and rare and unusual flowers, Colonsay is a beautiful destination for a family day out.
The community owned Isle of Gigha has several superb beaches.
The beach that stretches along Aberdeen’s coastline is famous for its golden sands and long curved length.
Extremely popular with surfers, Fraserburgh provides the ideal destination for the avid watersports enthusiasts!
This excellent beach, with its cliffs and rocky bays, provides a varied and picturesque landscape from which to explore.
The beautiful Forvie Sands beach makes for a perfectly romantic, scenic stroll with its rolling sand dunes, golden sands and picturesque views.
Stonehaven is a popular coastal resort and is especially well used by watersports enthusiasts.
This long and glorious beach boasts a nature reserve, spectacular cliffs, old salmon bothies and rare plant life, making it the perfect destination.
With its white sandy beaches and unspoilt scenery it is no wonder that this area coast line is incredibly popular.
A small coastal village in the Scottish Borders, Burnmouth has traditionally been a fishing community with the harbour dating back to the 1800’s.
With rows of coloured beach huts along its sandy shores, the Coldingham Sands are a real beauty spot.
Popular with surfers who come for the restless waves that lap the shore this vibrant beach is very popular.
This magnificent beach is located on the spectacular west coast of South Harris.
This rocky beach on the north side of the Ardnish peninsula offers some lovely views in good weather and is also a great location for bird watching.
The point of Sleat is home to some delightful Sandy beaches, so why not take a walk to the lighthouse at the end and take the opportunity to spot some marine mammals and take in the views of Eigg and Rum!
A beautiful beach that is perfect for the whole family to simply relax and enjoy good weather!
Based on the Solway Firth this vast expanse of beach really is a stunning sight to witness, great for a long walk or simply one to tire the dogs out!
The sea side town of Kippford is located in the coastal bay of the Rough Firth and just several miles south of Dalbeattie. It is home to this fantastic beach which is revealed at low tide and is very popular with those looking for a relaxing afternoon by the sea.
The picturesque views at Sandyhills Beach are enough to make it a real popular spot with those looking to explore the Dumfries and Galloway area. Once the tide goes out, miles of golden sand if revealed and the shallow waters are ideal for a quick dip.
This secluded stretch of sand is a real find in the very bottom of Southern Scotland and is a popular spot for local people to come and take a walk or a sit and look out across the Irish Sea.
Auchencairn Bay had links with the smuggling trade back in the 1700’s when it was very lucrative and reported that many local residents were involved. Today part of that history remains as you visit the local ‘Smugglers Inn’ and take in the vast beaches which run across the bay.
With shops, cafes and a promenade with which to enjoy your time walking across the shore line at Eyemouth this beach is brilliant for a day by the coast
With many different interesting rock formations along the shore, Skateraw Beach also has a host of wildlife and is popular with birdwatchers from around the area as it is a leading migration site.
With roaming sands along the Scottish coast, Dunglass Beach enjoys some really stunning views and is a largely untouched stretch of shoreline perfect for those relaxing strolls by the sea.
Regarded as one of the finest beaches in mainland Argyll Machrihanish’s long beach can be approaches via the beaches namesake village to the south.
This enchanting sandy bay is a great destination for a spot of scenery appreciation, particularly in the evening when the sun is setting, and is also a good spot for photography enthusiasts.
This beautiful stretch of coastline is a wonderful example of what the western isles have to offer. Stretching for almost 2 miles, the lovely white sands and interesting sand dunes will provide a delightful day out for the whole family.
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