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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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    Fraserburgh

    This sandy blue flag beach is found some distance from the town area of Fraserburgh itself, and adjacent to the waters of Philorth Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

  2. 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.

  3. Brodick Bay

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    Brodick

    Brodick Bay is located on the east coast of the Isle of Arran.

  4. 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.

  5. Sinclair's Bay

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    Wick

    Sinclair’s Bay, known locally as Reiss Beach is a stunning white sanded paradise with 16th century castles at both ends.

  6. 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.

  7. Carnoustie Beach

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    Carnoustie

    The small pretty sand and rock beach in Carnoustie is located just a few minutes walking distance from the train station and town centre yet feels secluded from the town itself.

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    North Berwick

    North Berwick West Beach has a long stretch of sand with views to the island of Craigleith and the Bass Rock.

  9. Machrihanish

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    Machrihanish

    Machrihanish beach is a gorgeous and unique golden beach located next to Machrihanish Golf Club on the beautiful Mull of Kintyre Peninsular.

  10. Sands of Wright

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    South Ronaldsay

    The Sands of Wright is found on South Ronaldsay, Orkney.

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