Take a walk on the wild side. Visit some of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches this year when we commemorate our Year of Coasts and Waters.
Let’s look at some of the finest seaside locations in Scotland. Scottish beaches come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so why don’t you go see them and catch some waves yourself!
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St Ninian’s Isle, Shetland
You’ll never be more than 5 kilometers from the sea on the northern Shetland archipelago, so a Scottish beach excursion is always on the menu!
St. Ninian’s Isle is one of the world’s most remarkable seaside views. A circular 6 km walk will take you across one of Europe’s finest sand tombolos, where you can walk straight through the middle of the ocean over a natural sand causeway to an enchanted isle.
Tolsta Beach, Isle of Lewis
Tolsta Beach at The Outer Hebrides’ refreshing wind and the next two stunning Scottish beaches come close to seaside perfection.
Tolsta, a crofting settlement, is only a short drive from Stornoway’s main town. This peaceful cove is tucked away from the road, making it ideal for a picnic stop.
Luskentyre Sands & Seilebost Beach, Isle of Harris
Whatever the season, the seas are so clear and blue that you’ll want to jump in for a paddle. Seilebost Beach is located near another tiny crofting hamlet and looks over the beautiful azure waters of Luskentyre Sands, an award-winning beach and one of Scotland’s largest and most beautiful beaches.
East Beach at Lossiemouth, Moray
On the north-eastern Mainland, Lossie Bay Port or Lossiemouth Beach is bordered by two beautiful beaches to the east and west.
The picturesque dunes and long stretches of white sand on the eastern side make it a lovely place to go for a walk with views of the harbor town. Alternatively, walk around Covesea Lighthouse on the west side!
The stunning mile-long strip of pink sand that enriches Sandwood Bay is regarded as one of the cleanest and least polluted beaches in Scotland, according to many.
Sandwood Bay, on the west coast of Scotland’s north-western peninsula, is backed by gorgeous sand dunes and a deep freshwater loch.
Facing an often capricious North Atlantic Ocean, high weathered cliffs line this far northwestern Scottish coast, home to noisy gulls and other bewildering seabirds.
The remarkable natural wonder is Am Buachaille, a 213-foot-high sea stack that stands at the tip of Rubh’a Bhuachaille headland at the southern end of this west coast beach.
You’ll have to make an effort to get to this difficult to reach cove. There’s no access by road, so you’ll have to trek four miles from the parking lot in Blairmore to get to the beach.
The trail is fairly flat and meanders through difficult moorland that may be quite boggy at times. It’s a good idea to bring boots that are both durable and waterproof.
Why not bring a lunch with you? Sandwood Bay is a beautiful location, and the views are incredible.
Rockcliffe Beach, near Dalbeattie
Rockcliffe is a beautiful Scottish beach. For about 5 kilometers between the villages of Kippford and Rockcliffe, enjoy lovely homes, vibrant plants, and scampering squirrels on your way for a morning or afternoon stroll along the wooded coastal walkway.
At Rockcliffe, during low tide all year round, you may reach Rough Island on foot at any time of year except May and June (when the birds take charge of the island!).
Coldingham Bay, Eyemouth
Coldingham Bay, located less than one hour’s drive from Edinburgh, is one of several beautiful beaches on the Scottish coast near the Berwickshire shore.
These sands are ideal for strolls, surfing sessions, or befriending hermit crabs in rock pools, and they’re also frequented by surfers and dog walkers alike.
For more breathtaking wildlife and blue-green seas, take a stroll along the Creel Path from Coldingham to St Abbs (1.5 miles).
West Sands Beach, St Andrews
West Sands Beach, on the other hand, is relatively obscure. It may be recognised from the Chariots of Fire opening (1981), but West Sands Beach in St Andrews is equally well-known for being a long, beautiful beach with the Old Course to one side and turbulent swirling seas to the other.
Balnakeil Beach, near Durness, Highlands
Some of our most romantic seaside strolls are to be found on the Scottish north coast. Balnakeil Beach is a real treat, located north of Durness on the North Coast 500 road trip.
The mountain Suilven rises in the distance, and campers who enjoy waking up to the sparkling waters and boundless sand will adore it.
Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull
Calgary Bay is a standout on the Isle of Mull for its wonderfully sandy shores, which are famous for their geology.
With Coll and Tiree to the west and Inaccessible Island to the east, it’s easy to spend your days here on a sunny day with a little café selling hot drinks and ice cream while facing out to the Isles of Tiree and Coll.
So there you have it – a small taste of some of the most beautiful and secluded Scottish beaches. With such a long and varied coastline, it would be impossible to list them all, but these are a few of our favourite Scotland Beaches that we hope you’ll get to visit during your stay!
With over 1800 miles of coastline, there are plenty more amazing beaches to explore, so what are you waiting for? Pack your sun cream and head on out to enjoy some of the best coastline in Europe!