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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. Carrick Shore

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    Gatehouse-of-Fleet

    Carrick Shore enjoys a unique rural setting and provides a romantic hideaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

  2. Ayr Beach

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    Ayr

    Ayr Beach is located on the western coastline of Ayrshire in the south west of Scotland.

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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.

  4. Balephuil Bay

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    Tiree

    Home of the Tiree Wave Classic, Balephuil Bay is a sandy beach found in Argyll & The Isles.

  5. Culzean Beach

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    Maybole

    Culzean beach is located within Culzean Country Park in Maybole, Ayrshire.

  6. Northton Beach

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    Harris

    Northton Beach is located on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

  7. 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.

  8. Nairn Beach

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    Nairn

    Nairn Beach is backed by low sand dunes and a promenade with an open, grassy links area.

  9. Girvan Beach

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    Girvan

    The charming Girvan beach is located on the Ayrshire coast.

  10. Cula Bay

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    Benbecula

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

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