Taste the salt in the wind, hear the seabirds call to each other over the crashing sounds of the waves, and see the pure sands stretching for miles before your bare feet. When your senses are this alive, there is nowhere quite as wonderful as the beach. And there are few beaches as special as those in Scotland. Scotland's beaches come in many shapes and sizes - why not visit some in 2020 when we celebrate our Year of Coasts and Waters? Let's discover some of the best beaches in Scotland.

Why not learn more about clean and sustainable beaches across the country with Scotland's Beach Awards?

You can now travel short distances of around 5 miles to enjoy the outdoors and exercise in Scotland, to use public spaces for recreational purposes such as sitting to soak up the sun (where possible!), and to meet up with one other household in small numbers. Please remember to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times, both indoors and outdoors.