Yes, you read that right – beaches in Scotland. It’s one of their best kept secrets – and it’s worked out for the Scots, as their beaches are nowhere near as damaged by tourism than the likes of some in England. You maaaaay need to kit yourself out with some warmer clothes to brave the fresh sea breeze (depending on the time of year) or a wetsuit if you’re planning on taking on some water-sports. But better believe, the beaches in Scotland are absolutely incredible. So why not consider a villa holiday in Scotland, where you can go exploring outdoors, find beautiful beaches and soak up the rich culture of this enchanting country?
From rugged, craggy inlets and secluded coves, to sandy stretches and water sport havens, we’ve rounded up 7 of the best beaches in Scotland.
East Beach (Lossiemouth)
White sand, rolling sand dunes, and close to town so it’s perfect for an afternoon walk with the dog, the East Beach is a real hidden treasure of a beach. Stop off for a scoop of homemade ice cream at Miele’s. Whether you prefer kayaks or catamarans for your water activities, and you’re looking for the best 3-man inflatable kayak on the market? Check out Kayak Gonflable’s review on the best 3 person inflatable kayak available to consumers.
The granite city has its very own family-friendly beach, and it’s a proper bucket-and-spade spot, complete with an Art Deco esplanade and 3km of golden sand, so there’s never any worries about finding a space. Look out for bottlenose dolphins during the summer.
Balnakeil Beach (Highlands)
You’d expect the north coast to be all rugged cliffs and dramatic rocks, and then up pops this enormous expanse of golden sand. Just north of Durness, it’s wild, romantic, and usually completely deserted – just right for a romantic stroll.
West Sands Beach (St Andrews)
If you’ve seen the opening shots of ‘Chariots of Fire’, you’ll recognise this huge sandy beach. You’re just a short putt from the legendary St Andrews Old Course, and the beach is so vast you’ll have no worries about crowds, even in August.
Coldingham Bay (Eyemouth)
Just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh is this stunning sandy beach. It’s popular with surfers and swimmers, and dogs are welcome on the beach all year round. The town was once home to a Benedictine Priory dating back to 640AD.
Ayr Beach (Ayr)
A real family-friendly beach with lots of things for the kids to do, including putting greens and crazy golf. You’re just an hour away from Glasgow, so it’s ideal if you’ve booked one of our luxury lodges in Scotland for a family holiday.
Part of a succession of stunning beaches called the Silver Sands of Morar, this beach is just stunning. Head here at sunset and complete with a view of the Cuillin mountain range over on the Isle of Skye.
So, have you managed to convince you that Scotland has as captivating coastline as it does mountaintops? These are just what we think are the best beaches in Scotland though – there’s loads more to explore and discover. If you’re considering Scotland for your next holiday, then check out our villas dotted across the country, or if you’re still doing a bit of research we’ve got lots of Scotland blogs to read – from travel guides to a list of the best lochs and the best places to ski! It’s safe to say Scotland has got it going on…