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Scotland is home to a vast number of award winning beaches thanks to its intricately rugged coastline and isles, which together tot-up to over 8000 miles of mainly sandy shores. So it’s no surprise there are hundreds of award winning beaches to choose from.
No matter where you go in Scotland you won’t be far from amazing wildlife and stunning natural beauty and you won’t need to stump up a load of cash to stay there, as there are plenty of cheap accommodation options to choose from.
Starting with the east coast, you’ll find numerous pristine sweeps of virgin sands from the border upwards. Most are furbished with wind-swept dunes, ancient forts and classic resorts including St Andrews, Dornoch and Nairn.
If you long for solitude and warmer climates, no problem as the northern coastline offers wilder beaches where you’ll feel like the first person to land on some of the white, remote sandy shores, many of which are happy to accept dogs. Along the coast of Aberdeenshire there are also great beaches to discover including Stonehaven and St Cyrus Beach to name just a few.
Next door lies one of Scotland’s most exquisite nature reserves. If its idyllic beaches you want then the Highlands will deliver every time. The beaches around Keiss, Dornoch and Durness are a must and the hospitality of the local highlanders will charm your socks off.
Surfers will fall in love with the west coast, famous for its Atlantic swell and perfect waves. This coastline has heritage too, and boasts many historic coastal sites and nature reserves. Then you have the Hebrides and the western islands, each unique in their culture and topography, with both ideal for sailing enthusiasts either by chartered or organised trips.
So there you have it, for your next self-catering coastal break with family or friends consider the unique coastal destinations in Scotland.