This year, we've awarded even more beaches for you to visit than ever. Whether you are taking part in leisure activities, visiting friends and family or seeking a natural outdoor experience, check out our Beach Map and start planning your next trip.
Scotland's Beach Award is the benchmark for quality, celebrating clean, well managed and sustainable beaches. Awarded beaches demonstrate excellent beach management and environmental best practice, and the maintenance of high standards. These range from 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.
With more than 30,000 freshwater lochs and a huge coastline of 11,800kms (roughly 60 per cent of the entire UK coast), water based locations and beaches are key assets for Scotland.
Beaches and the coastal environment are critical habitats for many species and the basis for activities including tourism, coastal recreation and fishing. Visits to seaside locations in Scotland generate an average of 1.5 million trips domestically, 6.5 million bed nights, and £323 million per annum, so ensuring beaches are well managed has a significant impact on the Scottish economy.
Beaches and other blue spaces also have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing, providing places for people to relax and enjoy being outdoors.
So, if you are looking for a fun day out, the opportunity to take part in some exciting watersports or explore the true character of Scotland, an award beach is a great place to start.
Please see our Beach Map for more information on each of our award winning beaches.