Beautiful for shore! The 61 best beaches in Scotland for 2019 revealed in annual awards

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Beautiful for shore! The 61 best beaches in Scotland for 2019 revealed in annual awards

  • Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has named the award winners 
  • Beaches winning the accolade are judged to have met a range of criteria
  • These include safety, access and facilities, and cleanliness 
  • In total, 54 beaches have held an award for five or more years in a row 

Sixty-one beaches across Scotland have been given awards in recognition of their high standards for visitors.

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful named the locations that have achieved Scottish Beach Award status for 2019 ahead of the bathing season getting underway on Saturday.

Beaches winning the accolade are judged to have met a range of criteria, including on safety, access and facilities, and cleanliness.

Sixty-one beaches across Scotland have been given awards in recognition of their high standards for visitors. Pictured is Kirkcaldy Pathhead Sands beach in Fife, which is one of the award winners

Sixty-one beaches across Scotland have been given awards in recognition of their high standards for visitors. Pictured is Kirkcaldy Pathhead Sands beach in Fife, which is one of the award winners

Beaches winning the Beach Award accolade are judged to have met a range of criteria, including on safety, access and facilities, and cleanliness. Pictured is gong recipient Loch Morlich beach in Highland

Beaches winning the Beach Award accolade are judged to have met a range of criteria, including on safety, access and facilities, and cleanliness. Pictured is gong recipient Loch Morlich beach in Highland

REVEALED: SCOTLAND’S BEST BEACHES FOR 2019

Aberdeen Ballroom Beach Aberdeen

Balmedie Beach Aberdeenshire

Collieston Aberdeenshire

Cruden Bay Aberdeenshire

Fraserburgh Tigerhill Aberdeenshire

Fraserburgh Waters of Philorth Aberdeenshire

Inverboyndie Beach Aberdeenshire

Peterhead Lido Aberdeenshire

Stonehaven Beach Aberdeenshire

Montrose Seafront Angus

Carnoustie Angus

Arbroath Angus

Lunan Bay Angus

Monifieth Angus

East Haven Angus

Broughty Ferry Dundee City

Belhaven Bay East Lothian

Gullane Bents East Lothian

Longniddry Gosford Bay East Lothian

North Berwick Milsey Bay East Lothian

North Berwick West Beach East Lothian

Longniddry No 1 and 2 (Seton Sands) East Lothian

Yellowcraig East Lothian

Aberdour Silversands Fife

Anstruther Billowness Fife

Burntisland Beach Fife

Crail Roome Bay Fife

Elie Harbour Fife

Elie Ruby Bay Fife

Kingsbarns Beach Fife   

Kinghorn and Pettycur Bay Fife

Kirkcaldy Seafield Fife

Leven East Fife

St Andrews East Sands Fife

St Andrews West Sands Fife

Aberdour Black Sands Fife

Kirkcaldy Pathhead Sands Fife

Achmelvich Bay Highland

Brora Beach Highland

Dornoch Beach Highland

Embo Highland

Golspie Beach Highland

Portmahomack Highland

Sango Sands Highland

Shandwick Bay Highland

Strathy Bay Highland

Nairn Central Highland

Loch Morlich Highland

Melvich Beach Highland

Irvine North Ayrshire

Newton Beach Millport North Ayrshire

Coldingham Scottish Borders

St Ninians Isle Shetland

Sands of Breckon Shetland

Tresta Shetland

West Voe Shetland

West Sandwick Shetland

Ayr South South Ayrshire

Troon South Ayrshire

Maidens South Ayrshire

Prestwick South Ayrshire  

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This year sees many long-standing award participants return, including Gullane Bents in East Lothian and St Andrews West Sands in Fife, both of which are celebrating 27 consecutive years as award winners.

In total, 54 beaches have held an award for five or more years in a row.

Irvine Beach – Front Shore in North Ayrshire is also welcomed back on to the list for the first time in a decade.

Fife retains its title as the region with the most awards, being home to 14 winning beaches.

The Highlands was second, with 12 successful award winners.

Pictured is award-winner Irvine beach in North Ayrshire, which Keep Scotland Beautiful describes as 'a long stretch of golden sand sheltered by flowing dunes'

Pictured is award-winner Irvine beach in North Ayrshire, which Keep Scotland Beautiful describes as ‘a long stretch of golden sand sheltered by flowing dunes’

Kinghorn and Pettycur Bay beach in Fife, pictured, makes the list. It is described as 'a pleasant sandy beach located on the west side of Kinghorn... a haven of peace and tranquillity'

Kinghorn and Pettycur Bay beach in Fife, pictured, makes the list. It is described as ‘a pleasant sandy beach located on the west side of Kinghorn… a haven of peace and tranquillity’

Keep Scotland Beautiful chief executive Derek Robertson said: ‘With the country set to mark 2020 as Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, it is only right that we celebrate the achievements of communities, organisations and local authorities across the country in making sure that our beaches provide visitors with the fantastic shoreline experience that they deserve.

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‘Scotland’s coastlines and waters attract thousands of visitors every year. These beach users can be assured that where they see the Scottish Beach Award flag they will have the experience they are looking for: a clean beach, excellent amenities and signposting about the local area, as well as information about water quality.’

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of tourism body VisitScotland, said: ‘Thanks to Keep Scotland Beautiful and the passion from a range of organisations, local authorities and individuals to achieve recognition through the Scottish Beach Awards – both visitors and locals can enjoy a wide range of spectacular environmentally considerate beach settings across the country.’ 



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