Scotland's Beach Awards Criteria
To gain an award, beaches must meet standards across three areas of Scotland's Beach Awards. These are: Access, Facilities & Safety, Local Environmental Quality, and Communities & Heritage.
Individual criteria points are categorised as ‘major’, ‘minor’ or ‘best practice’. To gain and maintain an award, beaches must:
- Fulfil the requirements of all Major criteria
- Have no more than three counts of non-compliance to minor criteria
- Demonstrate ongoing commitment to improving best practice
Click the boxes below to find out more about the criteria in each area of the award.
Beaches are assessed by a desk assessment and site visit by a trained assesor. We visit sites annually between 1st June – 15th September. Any new entrants to the scheme will receive an additional site visit prior to an award being given.
Are you a local authority, land manager or community group that would like to see your beach recognised with Scotland's Beach Award? Find how to get awarded here.