Clear blue waters, giant dunes and stretches of soft golden sands. No, we’re not talking about the Caribbean, but Scotland, the surprising home of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Scotland’s beaches have a charm and character unique to the country and often feature fabulous wildlife and activities galore to try out from windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing to swimming, sandcastle building and rock pooling.
We’ve picked five of our favourites beaches that, like all of Scotland’s beaches, are perfect for exploring at any time of year – you don’t have to save them just for the summer.
1. Seacliff Beach near North Berwick, East Lothian
Situated on the gorgeous East Lothian coast, this is a gem of a beach that’s accessed by a private road (small charge). Visitors are treated to a beautiful sandy beach, a fascinating tiny harbour plus fantastic views of the dramatic Tantallon Castle on the cliffs overhead.
Out to sea, the famous Bass Rock dominates the horizon, a former prison island that is now home to one of the largest gannet colonies in the world. If you are really lucky you may even catch sight of the beautiful Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.
2. Morlich Beach at Glenmore, Cairngorms National Park
Did you know that one of Scotland’s loveliest beaches is actually 25 miles from the sea? Loch Morlich is a fresh water loch in the Cairngorms with wonderful sandy beaches, a water sports centre and yacht club.
It is surrounded by acres of forest and has a stunning backdrop of the beautiful northern Cairngorms. It really is a perfect beach resort like no other.
Alvie Cottage is just over 15 minutes’ drive away and is new to our portfolio so currently has plenty of availability, a week’s stay starts at just £365.
3. Camusdarach Beach at Arisaig
Made famous when it featured in the film Local Hero, Camusdarach Beach is a fantastic place to while away the hours. There are stunning views over the islands of Eigg, Rum and Skye plus wonderful walks and lots of places to explore with the family. It is a true gem.
4. Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris
Luskentyre Beach in the south of the island of Harris frequently makes it onto lists of the country’s best beaches and it is very easy to see why. The seascape is truly spectacular with clear blue waters, white sands and amazing scenery that wouldn’t seem out of place abroad.
We have a range of lovely properties on both the isles of Harris and Lewis.
5. Coral beaches at Claigan, near Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye
The wonderful coral beaches at Claigan on the Isle of Skye are, despite their name, actually made up of scraps of hardened algae and seaweed from the sea. A lovely walk leads along to the beach which is great to walk along whatever the weather to admire the remarkable sparkling turquoise waters. You may even see some of the local cows that like to have a nice lie on the beach themselves.
Mag Findargat is just 11 miles from the coral beaches and offers a spacious, contemporary getaway with plenty of room to spread out into. A week’s stay starts at just £575 and discounts are available for couples.
We have dozens of coastal cottages right round Scotland that are perfect for exploring the country’s shoreline. If you are ready to hit the beach, just visit our coastal properties to find your perfect Scottish holiday cottage. A lot of our beachside properties are now booking up already for 2018 so get booking while there is still some availability! If you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for, our booking team are happy to help on 01835 822277.