What could be more enjoyable than a beach holiday when the sun is shining? The feel of the sand between your toes, salt spray from the sea and sizzling summer sunshine! OK, Scotland’s coast isn’t always bathed in sunshine, but on less sunny days there are coastal walks, local points of interest and golf courses to keep you busy. It’s a win-win situation!
What better way to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters than with a trip to the seaside? You might not even have to travel far to feel that sense of escape, especially if you book quality accommodation like the examples below.
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Please note, you can only stay in self-catered accommodation (including caravans, flats and holiday cottages) with your own household while the current restrictions on indoor private gatherings are in place.
Find a home away from home at these fantastic self-catering spots.
1. Kirkbride Farm Holiday Cottages, Port Logan, Dumfries & Galloway
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Situated on a working farm in south west Scotland, Kirkbride Farm Holiday Cottages are luxury self-catering cottages within a short distance of lovely sandy beaches. The peace and tranquillity of this part of Scotland is unrivalled and your accommodation will be very special. One of the properties, Dundrum Cottage, became the first self-catering property in Dumfries & Galloway to achieve VisitScotland’s highest grading of 5 stars, assuring guests of the very highest standards.
2. Vale End, North Berwick, East Lothian
Relax and unwind right on the shore at Vale End, a year-round holiday destination for sea, shore, comfort, leisure and amenity. This is an ideal self-catering property for families and groups of up to four, providing a high standard of quality. It’s a bright and cosy ground floor property with spectacular views, fronting the famous West Beach in North Berwick, 35 miles east of Edinburgh.
3. Coldingham Bay Leisure Park, Scottish Borders
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Coldingham Bay is a gorgeous swimming and surfing spot on the southeast coast of Scotland. The water is so fresh and clear and we loved the wee beach huts and the beach cafe (though it’s shut at the moment). It’s a ten minute walk through green fields from the beautiful wee village of Coldingham and about an hour from Edinburgh – we will definitely be back over the summer for a walk, picnic and swim!
A gem on the beautiful Berwickshire coastline, Coldingham Bay Leisure Park is a unique holiday location offering a fantastic range of self-catering caravans and lodges and excellent touring facilities. With 22 acres of gorgeous landscaped grounds, the park offers the peaceful tranquility of a countryside setting. With the beach and a host of activities and attractions just a stone’s throw away, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing holiday by the sea.
Great Value Accommodation
Enjoy a great value beach holiday this year.
4. NC500 Luxury Glamping Pods, Brora, Sutherland
Nestled in a quiet spot close to Brora, these glamping pods are handmade from high quality British timber, and each one has a double bed with quality linen. The height of glamping luxury! Enjoy the best sleep possible after a long day out exploring this beautiful area. After a trip to Brora beach you’ll be able to unwind in the sauna, whilst looking out to the North Sea in the distance. Nearby Dunrobin Castle is also a great day out.
5. Hayhoull B&B, Bigton, Shetland
Set in the tranquil village of Bigton in picturesque Shetland, Hayhoull is perfectly placed for touring the South Mainland, with spectacular views of St Ninians Isle and Foula. As well as exploring the many attractions of the South Mainland you are only 5 minutes’ walk from St Ninian’s tombolo, with many more unspoilt sandy beaches close by. How better to enjoy your breakfast than by feasting on the beautiful views of St Ninian’s Isle and westward to Foula?
Enjoy the beach by day and look forward to luxury as evening falls.
6. The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages, Machrihanish, Argyll
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Today’s episode of SCOT CRIBS comes to you from the Ugadale Hotel in Machrihanish. Reasons to stay: 1. You could fall out the front door straight on to first tee at Machrihanish GC. 2. It’s won best Golf hotel in Scotland THREE times, yip THREE times! 3. Mach Dunes and the wonderful Dunaverty links are very close by. Be sure and check this place out when visiting the most Western peninsula in Scotland 😊
Once regarded as the pinnacle of luxury accommodation in the west of Scotland, The Ugadale Hotel has been restored to its former glory and now serves as the centerpiece of The Village at Machrihanish Dunes. Some of its 22 stunning guest rooms and suites overlook the ocean, and all are finished to the highest standard. Guests are pampered in an atmosphere of casual elegance combined with modern amenities, historic charm and unmatched natural beauty.
7. Carradales Luxury Guesthouse, Campbeltown, Argyll
Carradales is Kintyre’s only 5-star VisitScotland guest house, offering four luxury guest rooms and is perfect for exploring this stunning part of the Kintyre peninsula. Carradale is a quaint fishing village with its own harbour and local amenities such as post office, village shop and bar. The village is on the B842 coast road down the east of the Kintyre Peninsula and boasts views over to Arran.
Enjoy the beach life this year without going abroad – you might just have the holiday of a lifetime!