The Scottish Seaside Awards programme exists to reward good beach management, which increases the pleasure local people derive from their beach and also benefits the local economy through an expansion in tourism.
Seaside Awards have been given out in Scotland for over 20 years and there are usually 50-60 beaches flying the Award flag in any given year, having met the criteria in the eyes of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s judging panel.
The Scottish Seaside Awards programme in particular, recognises the excellence of our more remote beaches, and to reflect this, Keep Scotland Beautiful offers both a Resort and a Rural Seaside Award.
Rural Seaside Awards
A ‘rural’ beach is classified as one which may have limited facilities and is generally in a rural or remote location. Keep Scotland Beautiful’s awards structure recognises these beaches as jewels in the Scottish crown.
Although ‘rural’ beaches are subject to the same environmental quality standards as ‘resort’ beaches, a number of other criteria (such as toilets, recycling, drinking water and a telephone) may be relaxed. Examples of award-winning rural beaches include Millport on Cumbrae, Gullane Bents and St. Ninian’s Isle on Shetland.
Resort Seaside Awards
A ‘resort’ beach is actively managed and promoted as a tourist destination. Such beaches are generally close to, or within easy reach of, an urban area.
Resort beaches are awarded only if they meet high environmental quality standards and a series of other criteria set down by Keep Scotland Beautiful and would usually be expected to have a café, shop, toilets, first aid, a telephone and be accessible by public transport. Examples of award-winning resort beaches are Coldingham, Nairn and St. Andrews West.
Keep Scotland Beautiful is the independent charity which is committed to making Scotland clean and green, today and tomorrow.