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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. Prestwick Beach

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    Prestwick

    Prestwick beach is located near Glasgow Prestwick International Airport in Ayrshire.

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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.

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    St Andrews

    This beach is located on the south side of the old harbour close to the East Sands Leisure Centre.

  4. Rothiesholm Sand

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    Stronsay

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

  5. Bay of Pierowall

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    Westray

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

  6. Ettrick Bay

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    Bute

    Enjoy beautiful scenery at Ettrick Bay, located on the west coast of Bute, Argyll & The Isles.

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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.

  8. North Wick

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    Papa Westray

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

  9. Melvich Beach

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    Melvich

    Melvich beach is the most attractive beach at the mouth of the River Halladale.

  10. Paible

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    Outer Hebrides

    Paible beach is located on the Isle of Taransay, to the west side of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

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