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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. Aikerness Bay

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    Evie

    Aikerness Bay is located in Evie, Orkney.

  2. Smerclett Beach

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    South Uist

    Smerclett beach is located on the Isle of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

  3. Clachtoll Beach

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    North West Sutherland area

    Clachtoll Beach is a popular beach with some rugged terrain, including the Split Rocks.

  4. Monreith Beach

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    Whithorn

    This long sandy beach backed by pebbles can be found near Whithorn in Dumfries & Galloway.

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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.

  6. Powillimount

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    Dalbeattie

    Powillimount beach at in Arbigland is a sandy beach with rocks and numerous rock pools making this ideal for kids to explore.

  7. Irvine Beach

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    Irvine

    The sandy Irvine beach is located in Ayrshire.

  8. 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.

  9. Ayr Beach

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    Ayr

    Ayr Beach is located on the western coastline of Ayrshire in the south west of Scotland.

  10. Peterhead Lido

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    Peterhead

    The sandy Peterhead Lido beach boasts open views across the bay and the marina.

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