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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. Kinghorn Harbour

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    Kinghorn

    This is a picturesque sandy blue flag beach in Kinghorn, overlooking the Firth of Forth.

  2. Belhaven Bay

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    Dunbar

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

  3. Brodick Bay

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    Brodick

    Brodick Bay is located on the east coast of the Isle of Arran.

  4. Skaill

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    Sandwick

    This large sandy beach below Skara Brae is found on Mainland Orkney.

  5. Bay of Pierowall

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    Westray

    The Bay of Pierowall is located on the north east coast of Westray, Orkney.

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    Isle of Iona

    The Bay at the Back of the Ocean is a west facing bay on beautiful Iona, Argyll & The Isles.

  7. West Bay Beach

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    Vatersay

    West Bay Beach is found on the Isle of Vatersay 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.

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    Fraserburgh

    Fraserburgh Bay is an inlet of the North Sea on the Buchan coast and has a blue flag status.

  10. Tangasdale Beach

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    Tangasdale

    Enjoy breathtaking Atlantic views at Tangasdale beach, located on the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides.

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