Scottish beaches named among the best in the UK in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2014 Awards

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Join me in the excitement as Scotland added yet another accolade to its award bank today – this time from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. It’s not one or two, but six of the country’s beaches, all of distinctive beauty and charm, that made it to the UK‘s top 25 beaches named in the Travellers’ Choice 2014 Beaches awards. They include Nairn beach – which was placed tenth best in the UK.

Whatever it is, whether it’s the long, white stretches of sand or the crystal clear waters, Scottish beaches seem to have the certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes them being adored all over the world.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2014 Awards for BeachesAmong the winners were the beautiful Isle of Harris’s Luskentyre, Camusdarach beach in Arisaig with spectacular views onto the Isle of Skye and Aberdeen’s Balmedie beach, taking 13th, 14th and 15th place respectively. Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull and The Isle of Colonsay’s Kiloran beach rank 21st and 22nd on the list.

James Kay, TripAdvisor spokesperson said:

‘These awards recognise the best beaches in the UK and worldwide (…) It’s great to see Scotland coming up trumps against some of the UK’s best beaches.’

Unlike any other travel honours, the distinctions are earned based on millions of valuable reviews from those who know them best – real travellers from around the world.

So, whether you’re planning your summer holiday or just looking for a weekend escape by the sea, there’s something magical about a beach holiday. Why not take inspiration from TripAdvisor’s travellers that have visited these beaches and given them the highest levels of praise? With picture perfect views, pristine long, white sandy beaches and colours to rival the Caribbean, there’s plenty to do at the Scottish coastline that’s sure to make your holiday one to remember.

If you agree with me that Scotland is lucky to have those truly amazing beaches right on its doorstep, let us know in the comments below and SHARE images of your favourite Scottish beach with us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ or any other social platform of your choice.

Meanwhile, for those curious to see the other winners, the complete list of 2014 Travellers’ Choice beaches can be found here.

Nairn beach, Highlands

Discover this superb sandy beach in the middle of Nairn. Located on the coast of the Moray Firth, just east of Inverness, Nairn beach is backed by low sand dunes and a promenade with an open, grassy links area, and enjoys one of the driest and sunniest climates in the country. This beach boasts stunning views across the Moray Firth to the Black Isle and offers a great range of coastal walks with a nature reserve at Kingsteps, and a chance to spot the area’s own school of dolphins.

Isle of Harris’s Luskentyre, Outer Hebrides

Famous for its miles of white sands and stunning green-blue waters, Luskentyre is one of the largest and most spectacular beaches in the country. Situated on the west coast of South Harris, which was recently named number one island in Europe and fifth best in the world, Luskentyre is a tranquil and unspoilt shell sand bay. Across the island, enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland, from its gorgeous beaches to dramatic rugged mountains.

Camusdarach beach, Arisaig, Highlands

You may recognise the spectacular surroundings of Camusdarach beach, which featured in the classic movie Local Hero. The exquisite Camusdarach beach between Arisaig and Morar in the Highlands offers the perfect place to escape, and is part of the Silver Sands of Morar, which pepper the local coastline. Why not stop off here and take in the beauty of the landscape which extends to the Small Isles?

Balmedie beach, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City & Shire

With a number of awards to its name already, including a seaside award, the expansive Balmedie Beach is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon building sand castles or kicking a ball around with the children. Bordered by an extensive dune system that stretches for 14 miles, it’s ideal for walking. Or if you feel like something more energetic, why not experience the exhilaration of cantering across the beach on horseback or hit the waves with a surf board? The choice of outdoor activities is truly unlimited.

Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull, Argyll & The Isles

Experience for yourself the silver sands and crystal clear waters of Calgary Bay, one of Scotland’s best kept secrets on the north west of the Isle of Mull. Separated by a broad area of machair (a grassy meadow growing on sand), the shimmering white shell sand beach is home to a rich variety of wildlife.

Kiloran beach, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll & The Isles

If you’re planning an island hopping holiday in Scotland, be sure to visit Kiloran Bay on the north western coast of Colonsay in Argyll & The Isles. It’s popular with surfers, great for playing on the white sands and wildlife spotting, including dolphin and otters. If you’re lucky you may even see some whales. Don’t miss the sight of a river meandering across the sands to the sea when the tide falls – it’s truly amazing.

TripAdvisor’s accolades for Scotland

Earlier in the year in February, TripAdvisor announced its Travellers’ Choice Awards for Islands, which saw Scottish islands scooping several of the places. Find out more about why the Outer Hebrides’ Lewis and Harris was crowned number one island in Europe and the fifth best in the world, or find out more about Ayr, Fort William and Perth which have all been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2014.

The Islands Survey

Have a look at my fellow blogger Amy’s recent article which talks about what makes the Scottish islands so special and discover the jam-packed calendar of events that are taking places across dozens of the islands.

Have I convinced you enough yet to start planning your Scottish adventure today? If so, read on for information about accommodation and travel to and around Scotland ad well as loads of great ideas and inspirations for things to see and do.

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Aldona Krzemien

Media Editor at VisitScotland
Originally from Poland, she's now based in Edinburgh and can't imagine life without four things: travels, photography, fishing for antiques and haggis!