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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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    Kinghorn

    This pleasant, small sandy blue flag beach is located on the west side of Kinghorn and is a haven of peace and tranquillity.

  2. Culbin Sands

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    Moray

    This RSPB coastal reserve in Morayshire, the Highlands is full of wildlife to look out for.

  3. 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.

  4. Shandwick Bay

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    Tain

    This beautiful expanse of golden sand is located within the seaboard villages of Shandwick and Balintore.

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    Aberdeen

    The south end is sheltered by the harbour wall, but as the beach stretches north towards the local nature reserve it becomes more exposed.

  6. Baleshare Beach

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    North Uist

    Baleshare beach is found on the machair island of Baleshare in the Outer Hebrides.

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    North Uist

    Tigharry and Houghharry beaches are found on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

  8. Cula Bay

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    Benbecula

    Cula Bay is found on the Isle of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides.

  9. Ardrossan Beach

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    Ardrossan

    Ardrossan is a popular seaside destination with two beaches to visit, Ardrossan South Beach and Ardrossan North Shore.

  10. Ceannabeine Beach

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    Durness

    Ceannabeine Beach is a beautiful, white sandy beach with rocky outcrops and crystal clear water.

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