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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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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. Martyr’s Bay

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    Isle of Iona

    Found on the east coast of Iona in Argyll & The Isles, Martyr’s Bay offers a great beach day out.

  2. 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.

  3. Lunan Bay

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    Montrose

    One of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland, Lunan Bay has attracted many visitors throughout the ages, from Viking armies in the 10th century to generations of holidaymakers. Today it offers a secluded haven on the dramatic Angus coastline.

  4. Tarskavaig Bay

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    Skye

    A small, white sandy beach, Tarskavaig Beach has spectacular views over to the Small Isles and the mountains of Skye.

  5. Croy Beach

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    Maybole

    Croy Beach is located between Maidens and Dunure in Ayrshire.

  6. Kiloran Bay

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    Colonsay

    Kiloran Bay is located on the north western coast of Colonsay, Argyll & The Isles.

  7. Girvan Beach

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    Girvan

    The charming Girvan beach is located on the Ayrshire coast.

  8. Longniddry Gosford

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    Longniddry

    This long sandy and rocky blue flag beach is accessed easily from the road and car park.

  9. Loch Morlich

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    Aviemore

    Loch Morlich is a fresh water loch surrounded by sandy beaches and home to a water sports centre and yacht club.

  10. Traigh Iar Beach

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    Harris

    Traigh Iar beach is located on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

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