St Ninian’s Isle

Surrounded by the sea, the beach at St Ninian’s isle is unlike any other. On the isle you’re never more than 5km from the sea. The circular walk will see you take a walk across one of the most spectacular sand tombolos across Europe, where you walk straight through the middle of the ocean over a natural sand causeway. Beside the ancient chapel site on the isle, a Pictish treasure hoard was found – so see for yourself if you can hunt down any hidden treasure.

St Ninian’s Isle, Shetland

Luskentyre Sands and Seilebost Beach

One of the largest and most spectacular beaches on Harris is Seilebost Beach. Sitting beside a crofting village, the beach looks over the waters of Luskentyre Sands. It’s clear to see why this beach is award winning, with blue waters year round it’s one of the largest beaches on the island. If you are feeling adventurous, you could make a trip out of it and visit other beauty spots across the Outer Hebrides by cycling the Hebridean Way.

Luskentyre Sands and Seilebost Beach

Aberdeen Beach

On the opposite end of the spectrum is a city beach with buckets of charm. Aberdeen beach features an art-deco inspired esplanade and its golden coastline stretches 3km. This beach is one of the best places in the country to spot bottlenose dolphins and there's plenty of cafes, too. Follow along the esplanade towards Footdee, a former fishing village with plenty of historical appeal, lined with quirky cottages that were built for the fisherman working on the harbour.

Aberdeen Beach, Aberdeen

Coldingham Bay

A short drive from our country’s capital is Coldingham Bay, one of several beaches near Edinburgh. The sands are great for casual strollers and dog walkers. Have a hunt for hermit crabs in rock pools or try something completely different if you are brave: the waters are a popular spot with surfers. A walk along the Creel bath that takes you from Coldingham to St Abbs is the perfect place to spot wildlife and marvel at the crystal-clear seas.

Coldingham Bay, Eyemouth

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Camusdarach Beach

For a beach with a view across the country, Camusdarach Beach is the one. The glistening sands and sparkling clear water of this beach is just south of the estuary of River Morar and forms part of a string of beaches called the Silver Sands of Morar. From here, you can see the outline of the Cuillin mountain range on Skye; the blue peaks of Rum and the steep sea cliff of Eigg. This beach is the perfect place to watch a fiery orange sunset take over the skies.

Camusdarach Beach, Morar


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