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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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    Deerness

    Dingieshowe beach is located in Orkney.

  2. East Beach

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    Lossiemouth

    East Beach is found in Lossiemouth, the Highlands and is a popular location for surfers.

  3. Sandwood Bay

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    Kinlochbervie

    Reputedly the most beautiful beach in Britain, the wild and spectacular Sandwood Bay in Kinlochbervie is backed by huge sand dunes and a loch.

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    Inverkip

    Lunderston Bay, close to Inverkip, is Glasgow’s nearest sandy beach and is part of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

  5. Prince's Beach

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    Eriskay

    Prince’s Beach is located on the west side of the Isle of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides.

  6. The Dhoon

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    Kirkcudbright

    Surrounded by greenery and dotted with rocks, the secluded Dhoon beach is a natural beauty near Kirkcudbright.

  7. West Bay Beach

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    Vatersay

    West Bay Beach is found on the Isle of Vatersay in the Outer Hebrides.

  8. Belhaven Bay

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    Dunbar

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

  9. Cruden Bay

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    Peterhead

    The Bay of Cruden has a sweeping expanse of pink sands and dunes approximately 2.5 km in length.

  10. Tresta

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    Fetlar

    Tresta Beach is a blue flag, long white sand beach in Fetlar with stunning cliffs at the south end.

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