Scotland's Beach Awards
Celebrating 31 years of awarding Scotland's beautiful beaches
Each of the 2023 Scotland's Beach Award winners offer something unique. Find your nearest and plan a visit for a walk, swim, or picnic, while taking in nature at its best.
Scotland's Beach Awards are the benchmark for quality, celebrating clean, well managed and sustainable beaches. Our award-winning beaches demonstrate excellent beach management and environmental best practice, and the maintenance of high standards.
Scotland’s 11,800km coastline boasts an impressive mix of stunning rural beaches, great for wildlife watching, to busy recreational beaches, great for enjoying a day out with the family. Whatever you enjoy, there's an awarded beach for you.
2023 winners announced!
From Shetland to Scottish Borders, there are 52 beaches across Scotland which have been awarded for excellence in three key areas: Access, facilities and safety, Local Environmental Quality, and Community and heritage.
Click on the map to find your nearest Scotland's Beach Awards beach.
Beaches and the coastal environment are a valuable national asset, providing critical habitats for many species and the basis for activities including tourism, coastal recreation and fishing. Blue spaces also have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing, providing places for people to relax and enjoy being outdoors. Check out our information for visitors and start planning your perfect seaside trip.
Please help to reduce the spread of Avian flu on Scotland's coasts by following these steps:
- do not touch any dead or sick birds, feathers, or surfaces contaminated with droppings.
- keep dogs on a lead and away from any birds on the shore.
Please visit the Scottish Government website here for more information.