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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. Largs Beach

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    Largs

    Largs beach faces the Firth of Clyde in North Ayrshire.

  2. St Ninian's Isle

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    South Mainland

    St. Ninians Isle beach is a large tombolo (a natural sand causeway with sea on either side) on the west coast of Shetland, linking the South Mainland with the Isle.

  3. 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.

  4. Melvich Beach

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    Melvich

    Melvich beach is the most attractive beach at the mouth of the River Halladale.

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    The Silver Sands of Morar are a celebrated series of beautiful sandy beaches, which pepper the coastline from Arisaig to Morar.

  6. Torrisdale Bay

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    Bettyhill

    Torrisdale Bay is a fabulous mile-long beach, with clean golden sands, on the north coast of Sutherland.

  7. Tresta

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    Fetlar

    Tresta Beach is a blue flag, long white sand beach in Fetlar with stunning cliffs at the south end.

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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.

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    Durness

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

  10. Portobello Beach

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    Edinburgh

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

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