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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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  1. Brough of Birsay

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    Birsay

    The Brough of Birsay is found on the north west coast of Mainland Orkney.

  2. Skaill

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    Sandwick

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

  3. Sinclair's Bay

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    Wick

    Sinclair’s Bay, known locally as Reiss Beach is a stunning white sanded paradise with 16th century castles at both ends.

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    The Silver Sands of Morar are a celebrated series of beautiful sandy beaches, which pepper the coastline from Arisaig to Morar.

  5. Irvine Beach

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    Irvine

    The sandy Irvine beach is located in Ayrshire.

  6. Scourie Beach

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    Scourie

    The peaceful, sheltered beach at Scourie is the perfect place to spot many seabirds.

  7. Rothiesholm Sand

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    Stronsay

    Rothiesholm Sand is located on the west of Stronsay, Orkney.

  8. Scapa

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    Kirkwall

    Scapa bay is found on the southern coastline of Mainland Orkney.

  9. St Cyrus Beach

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    St Cyrus

    Part of St Cyrus National Nature Reserve (NNR), this sandy beach is located midway between Aberdeen and Dundee on the eastern coast of Scotland.

  10. Seacliff Beach

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    North Berwick

    Not far from North Berwick lies the hidden gem of Seacliff Beach, which is ideal if you want to avoid the crowds.

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