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Best Beaches in Scotland

Our selection of our favourite beaches in Scotland. Your image of Scotland maybe glens and mountains with the occassional castle or highland cooo. But Scotland is fringed any number of magnificent beaches which may not be bikini hot but they make up for it with stunning views, white sands and an emptiness which makes the heart soar. (We have a list of self catering style cottages on beaches here)

Here are our favourites top beaches in Scotland

Ceannabeinne Beach Durness

Another beautiful Northern beach to the east of Durness but with a sad story associated with it. Short walk from A838. Easily accessible.

Coldbackie Beach

Lovely strip of Sand on Kyle of Tongue that is well protected from the sea by the surrounding capes. Just off A836 and safe to swim. Very quiet!

Farr Beach, Bettyhill

Magnificent beach to West of Bettyhill with long sandy stretch. Super clean. Not so easy to access unless you know how!

Saltcoats Beach

Sandy beach between Ardrossan and Saltcoats in North Ayrshire with shallow water that is perfect for swimming and paddling as it is shallow for 100s of metres!

Sangobeg Beach

There are two sango beaches near Durness; our favourite is Sangobeg to the East. Quiet and small sandy bay.

Shandwick Beach

Shandwick Bay is located within the seaboard villages of Shandwick and Balintore. The extensive sandy beach has dunes behind it and rocky areas to the North and the South. There is a charming harbour in Balintore to the North.

Smercleit Beach, South Uist

If you get as far as the Uists and the weather is fine then get to the south western coast to enjoy the long, usually empty sandy beached. Awesome sunsets!

Clachtoll Beach

Small sandy beach with headland protecting from the waves that faces west. There is a ranger hut and also some toilet facilities. Great for family paddling and sand castle building.

Saligo Beach on Islay

Many people's favourite beach on Islay and often dramatic seas which make wonderful in any weather. Walk across dunes to access

Seacliff Beach

Private owned beach to east of Dunbar up coast from Tantallon. Half mile beach with tiny harbour, two castles and old house to explore.

Strathy Beach

Another lovely beach between Thurso and Tongue. Popular with surfer crowd. Pure sands and accessible with short walk.