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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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    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Ellon

    Explore the huge sand dunes and heather moor, cliff tops and hidden bay. With the constant shifting of the dunes, layers of history have come and gone.

  2. Balephuil Bay

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    Tiree

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

  3. Sandend

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    Cullen

    This beautiful beach is a broad sandy bay with the exception of a few small areas of pebbles.

  4. Carnoustie Beach

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    Carnoustie

    The small pretty sand and rock beach in Carnoustie is located just a few minutes walking distance from the train station and town centre yet feels secluded from the town itself.

  5. Eoropie Beach

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    Lewis

    Europie Beach is located on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

  6. Peterhead Lido

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    Peterhead

    The sandy Peterhead Lido beach boasts open views across the bay and the marina.

  7. Coldbackie Beach

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    Tongue

    With stunning white sands and miles of untouched tranquillity, Coldbackie Beach is a peaceful and spectacular place.

  8. Cramond Beach

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    Edinburgh

    Enjoy the feel of an old fishing village which the suburb of Cramond still retains.

  9. Achnahaird Beach

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    Achiltibuie

    Achnahaird Beach is a lovely crescent of sand in Wester Ross that is considered one of Scotland’s best beaches.

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    South Uist

    Frobost and Askernish beaches are located on the Isle of Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

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