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  • 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. Portobello Beach

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    Edinburgh

    Despite its urban location, Portobello Beach still retains its traditional seaside charm.

  2. West Voe

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    Central Mainland

    West Voe Sands is located on the Southern tip of Shetland, right by Sumburgh Airport and the ancient settlements of Jarlshof and Old Scatness Broch.

  3. 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.

  4. Kippford Beach

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    Kippford

    This picturesque beach made up almost entirely of cockle shells with some sand and shingle can be found near Dalbeattie.

  5. Montrose Seafront

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    Montrose

    Head to the Montrose Seafront for a fun-filled family day out and enjoy three miles of golden sand at one of Scotland’s most extensive beaches (accessed via steep steps).

  6. Traigh Mhor Beach

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    Barra

    Traigh Mhor beach on the Isle of Barra is the only beach runway in the world to handle scheduled airline services.

  7. Sandyhills

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    Dalbeattie

    The very large, sandy beach of Sandyhills near Dalbeattie is great for sunbathing, picnics and swimming.

  8. Seacliff Beach

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    North Berwick

    Not far from North Berwick lies the hidden gem of Seacliff Beach, which is ideal if you want to avoid the crowds.

  9. Traigh Seilebost

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    Harris

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

  10. Peterhead Lido

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    Peterhead

    The sandy Peterhead Lido beach boasts open views across the bay and the marina.

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