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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. Achmelvich Bay

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    Lochinver

    Achmelvich Beach is a stunning, white sandy beach with a popular caravan and camping spot nearby.

  2. Gradings

    Durness

    Balnakeil Beach is a wide, white beach with large dunes, situated near Cape Wrath in the very north of Scotland.

  3. Gradings

    Gairloch

  4. Portobello Beach

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    Edinburgh

    Portobello Beach, just a few miles from Edinburgh city centre, is a charming seaside suburb, with two miles of golden sand making it perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

  5. Gradings

    St Andrews

    This beach is located on the south side of the old harbour close to the East Sands Leisure Centre.

  6. Gradings

    Deerness

    Dingieshowe beach is located in Orkney.

  7. Balranald Beach

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    North Uist

    Balranald beach is found on the west side of the Isle of North Uist, the Outer Hebrides.

  8. Sandwood Bay

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    Kinlochbervie

    Reputedly the most beautiful beach in Britain, the wild and spectacular Sandwood Bay in Kinlochbervie is backed by huge sand dunes and a loch.

  9. Cramond Beach

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    Edinburgh

    Enjoy the feel of an old fishing village which the suburb of Cramond still retains.

  10. Billow Ness

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    Beaches

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    Anstruther

    Billow Ness is a quiet sandy bay to the west of Anstruther harbour and part of the Fife Coastal Path.

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