Scotland’s Beaches

Golden gems around our coastline

Life’s a Beach – Dive In!
We might not be able to boast tropical temperatures here in Scotland but we do have some of the most incredible beaches that you’d be forgiven thinking came straight out of a Bounty advert.

From east to west, and all the way around the top there are sandy beaches and crystal clear waters like you wouldn’t believe. Really, it’s can be hard to get your head around the fact beaches exist where the temperature doesn’t normally encourage any bikini action of any kind. However, seeing is most definitely believing and if you go on one adventure this year then make it a coastal one and feel some Scottish sand between your toes.

One of our favourite beaches, which also involves a bit of island hopping, is on Iona. Jump on the ferry from Oban to Iona via Mull (we’d recommend you take your campervan over with you so you can do some exploring while you’re there). Turning right at Iona ferry terminal will take you to the stunning white shell sand beach of Traigh Ban. It really is beautiful and the beach alone makes the visit to Iona a must.

As you head North you will pass by many glorious golden stretches including Achmelvich Bay, Clachtoll and if you fancy a bit of a walk, you may get the remote Sandwood Bay all to yourself. When you get to the top of Scotland you will happen upon the most north westerly village on mainland Britain, Durness. The award winning beach here is bordering on magical with rolling sand dunes and a reputation for spectacular sunsets. Found on the cliff tops overlooking the beach is Sango Sands Oasis Campsite. We can definitely think of worse places to park up for the night as you try spot a Bottlenose Dolphin or two.

Out in the Outer Hebrides, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches including the twin wonders of Luskentyre and Skarista beach when you get to the South of the Isle of Harris. Don’t forget to also visit the Isle of Harris Distillery to sample their award winning gin.
The east coast doesn’t quite have the same reputation for sandy beaches but St Cyrus beach, north of Dundee, certainly defies that notion. The three miles of golden sands are perfect for horseriding and bracing walks. It’s also a National Nature Reserve and depending on when you visit, is alive with colour from the diverse flowers and plants in the area.

So, what are you waiting for… surf’s up!