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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. Westport Beach

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    Machrihanish

    West Port Beach in Argyll is one of the most beautiful beaches in the west coast of Scotland.

  2. Sanna Bay

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    Sanna Bay is situated at the most westerly point in mainland Britain on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.

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    Fraserburgh

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

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    North Uist

    Tigharry and Houghharry beaches are found on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

  5. Kinghorn Harbour

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    Kinghorn

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

  6. Achmelvich Bay

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    Lochinver

    Achmelvich Beach is a stunning, white sandy beach with a popular caravan and camping spot nearby.

  7. Dunglass Beach

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    Dunbar

    Dunglass Beach is a rocky beach situated at the seaward end of a steep river valley which carries Dunglass burn to the sea.

  8. Rackwick Bay

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    Hoy

    Rackwick Bay is located on Hoy, Orkney.

  9. Northton Beach

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    Harris

    Northton Beach is located on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

  10. Lunan Bay

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    Montrose

    One of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland, Lunan Bay has attracted many visitors throughout the ages, from Viking armies in the 10th century to generations of holidaymakers. Today it offers a secluded haven on the dramatic Angus coastline.

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