While lochs and highlands attract many visitors to Scotland, its beaches have an unspoilt majesty of their own, unmatched by few places in the world. While Scottish beach temperatures aren't always high enough for lazy days of sunbathing and swimming, there's still plenty to see and do on beach holidays in Scotland.
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The Top 5 Beaches in Scotland
The tang of salt in the air, the crash of waves, and the sound of seabirds entice romantic couples, active families, and dog lovers alike to Scottish beaches. On beach holidays in Scotland, discover tiny coves and long stretches of sand all flanked by spectacular scenery.
1. Luskentyre Sands, Isle of Harris
Miles of white sand fringed by green-blue water, the photogenic Luskentyre Sands are part of the Hebridean Way Cycling Route. They sit beside a tiny crofting village.
2. Camusdarach Beach, Morar
Children can paddle in the safe shallow waters here, while the beach, backed by the rugged Cuillin Mountains, is perfect for long walks. The views are stunning as the sun sets over the Isle of Skye.
3. Ayr Beach
With family-friendly activities of playgrounds and crazy golf, Ayr Beach is perfect for the kids. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy views across to the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig. The ruins of 16th-century Greenan Castle add an extra dimension to this holiday-town beach.
4. Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull
Dramatic views, sandy shores, and a little café selling hot drinks are some of the attractions in Calgary Bay. It also attracts visitors fascinated by its geology, and birdwatchers hoping to catch a glimpse of the protected white-tailed sea eagle.
5. Aberdeen Beach
If bucket-and-spade holidays are for you, check out Aberdeen Beach. Stroll along the Art Deco-inspired promenade to the 19th-century fishing village of Footdee. During the summer months, keep an eye open for bottlenose dolphins playing out at sea.