Fraserburgh Beach, Aberdeenshire

There's no better way to enjoy a post-lockdown stroll than along one of Scotland's beaches. Sitting right at the top of the north-east corner of Scotland, Fraserburgh beach in Aberdeenshire is well worth a visit. The award-winning beach stretches for miles, set around golden sand dunes, right where the Moray Firth meets the North Sea. The waters of this particular beach are perfect for water sports. Or, away from the water, Fraserburgh Harbour and the museum of Scottish Lighthouses make for an interesting visit.

Fraserburgh Beach, Fraserburgh, AB43 9TB

Roseisle Beach

Trees growing down to the water’s edge is not a common sight at Scotland’s beaches but trees and sand together can be found on the beach at Roseisle in Moray near Elgin. In the woodlands beside the beach, there are plenty of walks and trails. Beside the sea, there are interesting historical objects, such as pillboxes and concrete blocks dating back to the Second World War. On the horizon, you can gaze upon the cliffs surrounding Cromarty Firth and the long line of northern hills.

Kinloss, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 2UB

Luskentyre Sands

Voted one of the UK’s best beaches, Luskentyre Sands is one of the largest and most spectacular beaches on Harris, boasting miles of white sand and turquoise waters. Famous for creating the setting of BBC’s Castaway, the scenery features wonderful sand dunes and the island of Taransay. Take some time away from the sea, with nearby activities including hillwalking and cycling.

Harris, Outer Hebrides

Belhaven Bay

Belhaven Bay can be reached by a 10-minute walk across ecologically sensitive salt marsh and sand dune habitats, so it’s essential to follow the recommended routes. With that being said, the beach is ideal for walking and offers incredible views out to the open sea (which is very popular among surfers). By the beach is a cliff top walk which passes the harbour and castle ruins, there’s also an interpretation centre celebrating the life of John Muir and a town house museum.

Belhaven Bay, Dunbar

Lunan Bay

Lunan Bay has attracted a variety of visitors throughout history, ranging from Vikings in the 10th century to generations of holidaymakers. Overlooking the bay is the crumbling ruins of Red Castle, dating back to the 12th century. The beach is popular among horse riders, surfers and fishermen. In terms of wildlife, Lunan Bay is the perfect place to go bird watching, with several species to spot.

Montrose, Dundee & Angus