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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. Cullen Beach

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    Cullen

    Cullen Beach is an attractive sandy beach with excellent water quality and plenty of space.

  2. Scalpsie Bay

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    Bute

    Look out for wildlife when exploring Scalpsie Bay, located on the west coast of Bute, Argyll & The Isles.

  3. St Ninian's Isle

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    South Mainland

    St. Ninians Isle beach is a large tombolo (a natural sand causeway with sea on either side) on the west coast of Shetland, linking the South Mainland with the Isle.

  4. Elie Harbour

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    Elie

    Elie Harbour blue flag beach is one of many excellent beaches in this town located in the Kingdom of Fife.

  5. Sandgreen

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    Gatehouse-of-Fleet

    Situated on the coast next to Gatehouse of Fleet, the Sandgreen beach provides the perfect stunning setting for all sorts of activities.

  6. Hogh Bay

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    Coll

    Hogh Bay is located on the north west coast of Coll, Argyll & The Isles.

  7. Balmedie Beach

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    Balmedie

    Balmedie is a flat, sandy blue flag beach with sand dunes to the rear of the beach.

  8. Skaill

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    Sandwick

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

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    Millport

    Newton beach sits on the seafront at Millport, on the island of Cumbrae.

  10. North Wick

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    Papa Westray

    North Wick bay is found on the north eastern coast of Papa Westray, Orkney.

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