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. Browse through our Beach Map to find your nearest!
It has been more than 25 years since we began awarding Scottish beaches, and the number of beaches who received an award in 2018 was 61. Awarded beaches must fulfil criteria recognising excellence in beach management and environmental practice, to reflect the needs of beach users. Local authorities and other agencies, including community councils, trusts and community groups can put forward their local beach for an award.
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.