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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. Sandend

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    Cullen

    This beautiful beach is a broad sandy bay with the exception of a few small areas of pebbles.

  2. Gradings

    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).

  3. Luskentyre Sands

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    Beaches

    Gradings

    Harris

    Lukentyre sands is found on the west coast of South Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

  4. Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Ellon

    Explore the huge sand dunes and heather moor, cliff tops and hidden bay. With the constant shifting of the dunes, layers of history have come and gone.

  5. Berneray Sands Beach

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    Gradings

    Berneray

    Berneray Sands is found on the Isle of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides.

  6. Croy Beach

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    Beaches

    Gradings

    Maybole

    Croy Beach is located between Maidens and Dunure in Ayrshire.

  7. Kirkcaldy Seafield

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    Beaches

    Gradings

    Kirkcaldy

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

  8. Ballantrae Beach

    Type

    Beaches

    Gradings

    Colmonell

    Ballantrae beach is a nature reserve that offers nesting grounds for a wide variety of birds in the nearby cliffs.

  9. Belhaven Bay

    Type

    Beaches

    Gradings

    Dunbar

    Belhaven Bay is a glorious, extensive blue flag beach within the John Muir Country Park.

  10. Clashnessie Bay

    Type

    Beaches

    Gradings

    Lochinver

    Clashnessie Bay is a small sandy beach with a mild microclimate, due to the closeness of the Atlantic Ocean Gulf Stream.

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