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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. Ormaclett Beach

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    South Uist

    Ormaclett beach is found on the Isle of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

  2. Largs Beach

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    Largs

    Largs beach faces the Firth of Clyde in North Ayrshire.

  3. Scourie Beach

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    Scourie

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

  4. 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.

  5. Hushinish Beach

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    Harris

    Hushinish beach is found on the west side of the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

  6. Balmedie Beach

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    Balmedie

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

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    Stonehaven

    The shore all the way south of Aberdeen is rocky, but there is a small sandy bay at the foot of cliffs at Skatie Shore.

  8. 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.

  9. Mellon Udrigle Beach

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    Wester Ross area

    Mellon Udrigle is a stunning white sandy beach offering unparallel views of some of the spectacular Highland mountains.

  10. Ganavan Sands

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    Oban

    Ganavan Sands is located north of Oban in Argyll & The Isles.

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