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A cyclist stops to look out over Lamlash Bay and the village of Lamlash with Goatfell behind, Isle of Arran
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The results are in for the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, and once again Scotland has graced the winners’ lists!

By the sea
By the sea ››

What can you see by the sea? Take a trip down to the beach this summer in Scotland.

  • Looking along the promenade of the beach at Aberdeen Codona's Fairground and the Grampian Big Wheel visible in the background
    The promenade of the beach at Aberdeen
  • Looking across the beach of Sandyhills Bay, near Colvend
    Sandyhills Bay, near Colvend
  • Warebeth beach looking toward the Isle of Hoy
    Warebeth beach looking toward the Isle of Hoy
  • Looking across the beach of West Sands to St Andrews, Fife
    West Sands beach, St Andrews, Fife
  • Children running down sand dunes on Yellowcraigs beach
    Yellowcraigs Beach

Explore the beaches in Scotland on a quiet walk along sandy shores, past rugged moors and by clear blue waters.

As part of an island, Scotland is surrounded by plenty of beautiful beaches, many of which have won awards from Keep Scotland Beautiful and the world organisation, Blue Flag. Beaches in Scotland are a great place to go for a quiet walk, to play with the children or to take part in watersports activities. Whatever you choose to do on the sands of Scotland, keep your eyes peeled for marine life in the waters and seabirds flying overhead.

Check out the information listings and plan a trip to beaches in Scotland today.

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  1. Big Sand Beach

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    Gairloch

    The Big Sand beach is sheltered from the onshore wind by Longa Island and boasts magnificent view of the mountains of Skye and Torridon.

  2. Kildonan Beach

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    Kildonan

    Kildonan beach is located at the southern tip of the Isle of Arran.

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    Bernera

    Bosta Beach is located in the north of Great Bernera, an island connected to the Isle of Lewis by a bridge in the Outer Hebrides.

  4. Dunnet Bay

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    Thurso

    Dunnet Bay is a fantastic sweeping arc of white sandy beach backed by rolling sand dunes.

  5. Traigh Seilebost

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    Harris

    Traigh Seilebost is found on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

  6. Banks of Loch Lomond

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    Beaches

    Gradings

    Loch Lomond Area

    Stroll along the romantic shores of this breathtaking stretch of water immortalised in the classic song The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond.

  7. Gradings

    Inverkip

    Lunderston Bay, close to Inverkip, is Glasgow’s nearest sandy beach and is part of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

  8. Ettrick Bay

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    Gradings

    Bute

    Enjoy beautiful scenery at Ettrick Bay, located on the west coast of Bute, Argyll & The Isles.

  9. Pease Bay Beach

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    Beaches

    Gradings

    Dunbar

    With its vast beach and spectacular seascape Pease Bay is an excellent base to explore everything the area of Dunbar has to offer.

  10. Kirkcaldy Seafield

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    Beaches

    Gradings

    Kirkcaldy

    Seafield beach is one of six Rural Award beaches situated along the Fife coastline.

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