Beach Awards

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.

Awarded beaches 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.

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.

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.

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.

If you are looking for a fun day out, the opportunity to take part in some exciting watersports or explore the character of Scotland, an award-winning beach is a great place to start. Check out our information for visitors and browse through our Beach Map to find an award-winning beach near you and start planning your perfect trip!

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