Join me in the excitement as Scotland added yet another accolade to its award bank today â€“ this time from TripAdvisor, the worldâ€™s largest travel site. Itâ€™s not one or two, but six of the countryâ€™s beaches, all of distinctive beauty and charm, that made it to the UKâ€˜s top 25 beaches named in the Travellersâ€™ Choice 2014 Beaches awards. They include Nairn beach â€“ which was placed tenth best in the UK.
Whatever it is, whether itâ€™s the long, white stretches of sand or the crystal clear waters, Scottish beaches seem to have the certain â€˜je ne sais quoiâ€™ that makes them being adored all over the world.
Among the winners were the beautiful Isle of Harrisâ€™s Luskentyre, Camusdarach beach in Arisaig with spectacular views onto the Isle of Skye and Aberdeenâ€™s Balmedie beach,Â taking 13th, 14th and 15th place respectively. Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull and The Isle of Colonsayâ€™s Kiloran beach rank 21st and 22nd on the list.
James Kay, TripAdvisor spokesperson said:
â€˜These awards recognise the best beaches in the UK and worldwide (â€¦) Itâ€™s great to see Scotland coming up trumps against some of the UKâ€™s best beaches.â€™
Unlike any other travel honours, the distinctions are earned based on millions of valuable reviews from those who know them best – real travellers from around the world.
So, whether youâ€™re planning your summer holiday or just looking for a weekend escape by the sea, thereâ€™s something magical about a beach holiday. Why not take inspiration from TripAdvisorâ€™s travellers that have visited these beaches and given them the highest levels of praise? With picture perfect views, pristine long, white sandy beaches and colours to rival the Caribbean, thereâ€™sÂ plenty to doÂ at the Scottish coastline thatâ€™s sure to make your holiday one to remember.
If you agree with me that Scotland is lucky to have those truly amazing beaches right on its doorstep, let us know in the comments below and SHARE images of your favourite Scottish beachÂ with us onÂ Facebook,Â Twitter,Â Google+Â or any other social platform of your choice.
Meanwhile, for those curious to see the other winners, the complete list of 2014 Travellersâ€™ Choice beaches can be foundÂ here.
Nairn beach, Highlands
Isle of Harrisâ€™s Luskentyre, Outer Hebrides
Camusdarach beach, Arisaig, Highlands
Balmedie beach, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City & Shire
Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull, Argyll & The Isles
Kiloran beach, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll & The Isles
TripAdvisor’s accolades for Scotland
Earlier in the year in February, TripAdvisor announced its Travellers’ Choice Awards for Islands, which saw Scottish islands scooping several of the places. Find out moreÂ about why the Outer Hebrides’ Lewis and Harris was crowned number one island in Europe and the fifth best in the world, or find out more about Ayr, Fort William and Perth which have all been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2014.
The Islands Survey
Have a look at my fellow blogger Amy’s recent article which talks about what makes the Scottish islands so specialÂ and discover theÂ jam-packed calendar of events that are taking places across dozens of the islands.
Have I convinced you enough yet to start planning your Scottish adventure today? If so, read on for information about accommodation and travel to and around Scotland ad well as loads of great ideas and inspirations for things to see and do.