Sun shines on Scotland’s award beaches

Beaches from across Scotland have been recognised with our Beach Award this year.

Recognising the high standards provided to users - from keeping sand litter free to providing excellent information and accessible amenities - the Beach Award celebrates some of the best managed beaches in Scotland.  The award has been the national benchmark for local environmental quality at our beaches for quarter of a century.

Beaches are important to everyone who lives, visits and works near them, so it is important that they are managed in an environmentally sensitive way.

This year awards have been presented to beaches the length and breadth of Scotland, including St Andrews West Sands and Gullane Bents - both of which are celebrating 25 years as award winners.

Fife boasts the most award-winning beaches in 2017 with 14 awarded beaches. The Highlands have an impressive twelve. Aberdeenshire boasts eight and is closely followed by East Lothian with seven.

Visit our award beach map and beach award pages to find the beach for you.  Perhaps it is Scotland’s busiest beach in Ayr, or the only freshwater, and highest, sandy beach in Scotland at Loch Morlich, near Aviemore.

Our Chief Executive, Derek Robertson, commented: “The Scottish Beach Awards set the standard for our stunning coastlines and inland shores - making sure that they are litter free, provide excellent facilities for families and encourage more visitors to our beautiful beaches.

“Going to the beach is a tradition that we want to continue, whilst protecting this valuable environment.  It is vital that we maintain our support for organisations efforts to ensure that Scotland’s coastlines offer a great day out, whilst recognising the wider benefits of good quality beaches for people’s health and wellbeing and local economies.”

Having started out as the Scottish Seaside Awards in 1993 with only two entrants, the Scottish Beach Awards have gone from strength to strength - increasing 30 fold in the past 25 years.

With domestic visits to seaside locations in Scotland worth over £3m per annum to the Scottish economy the awards serve as a quality benchmark for the provision of facilities to visitors - from assessing toilet provision to the maintenance of beautiful promenades and the cleanliness of secluded bays.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “The Scottish Beach Awards play an important role in keeping our beautiful shorelines to a high standard. Trips to the seaside are incredibly popular, with our new Scotland Visitor Survey revealing that more than a third of our visitors enjoy going to the beach while on holiday. We would like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s awards and wish everyone a successful summer season.”

26 May 2017

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