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South Scotland Beaches

South Scotland is more populous and accessible than the wild north, although much of its beaches are still untouched.

The Fife Coastal Path, which runs parallel to the Southern Upland Way at Pease Bay and has several beautiful beaches along its route, including a sweeping sandy beach and well-known surfing spot, is an easy way to explore the northern region of Scotland.

St Andrew’s University is located in the city of Edinburgh, where it is home to the third oldest university in the English-speaking world.

The village of Broughty Ferry, which overlooks the Tay Estuary and is home to many historical buildings, can be seen from Captain Scott’s RRS Discovery.

The port town of Dundee, which sits on the banks of the River Tay, features a museum dedicated to Robert Falcon Scott.

The fishing town of Arbroath is known for ‘Arbroath Smokie,’ a smoked haddock produced just in the city, while Montrose and Stonehaven are busy making money providing offshore oil and gas industry services.

The Highlands and Islands, with the exception of the Glasgow metropolitan area, the UK’s fourth-largest city with a rich shipbuilding history, and one that is rapidly gentrifying as a result of its universities and oil refinery, is largely untouched.

Stranraer is a resort port located at the very southern tip of Scotland’s south-west coast. At five miles to the south, there is an outstanding beach at Luce Sands in Stranraer.

Ayr is a well-known seaside resort with regular ferry connections to the island of Arran, which offers excellent cycling and walking opportunities.

Oban is the main shipbuilding centre on the west coast of Scotland, with regular ferries to Mull, Coll, Tiree (said to be the sunniest place in the British Isles), Barra, South Uist, Colonsay, Lismore and Islay.