When you think of Scotland, do you picture sparking beaches with soft white sand? We thought not. The land of shaggy cows, midges and woolly jumpers, it’s not usually associated with being a top location for a beach holiday. However, we think it’s time to give Scotland a bit more credit for its stunning coast. Glistening clear waters, golden sands and stunning views await you on many of Scotland’s beaches. And the added bonus? It’s such a well kept secret that you might even get the whole place to yourself! Sure, the water might be a bit cooler than Cornwall, but it’s worth braving it for a dip in these beautiful spots.
Here are five of the best, most breathtaking beaches in Scotland…
1. Silver Sands of Morar
Well named, the beaches that make up the Silver Sands of Morar are well known for their beautiful expanses of pristine sand. Populating the coast for several miles, you will find beautiful views over the crystal clear water. Pick one beach and set up camp for the day or make a ‘beach crawl’ and explore them all.
Don’t forget your bucket and spades!
2. Loch Morlich
Where can you find tall graceful pines, snow capped mountains and stunning sandy beaches all in one place? That’s right, Loch Morlich. This fresh water loch is dotted with sandy beaches; its secluded bay is a popular spot for water sports and a relaxing afternoon. Nestled within the Cairngorms National Park this is a truly beautiful spot.
Don’t forget your camera!
3. Big Sand Beach
Right up in the north of Scotland, this is not the place to go if you want to splash about in a sea as warm as bath water. However, what it is lacking in water temperature, Big Sand Beach makes up for in beauty. There are vast dunes leading up to the beach providing a sheltered spot for a picnic and it’s just the spot for an unforgettable sunset.
Don’t forget warm towels!
4. Sango Bay
If Big Sand isn’t quite far enough north for you, head up to Sango Bay. On the north westerly tip of Scotland, this beach has brilliant views and a varied landscape. Dunes, cliffs, rocks and soft sand can all be found here. The surf’s good, and near by you will find Scotland’s famous Smoo Cave.
Don’t forget to bring a surf board!
5. Sanna Bay
This beautiful bay is as west as you can get, on the British mainland at least. Enjoy the bright blue sea and soft sand; if you’re lucky you might be able to spot a whale or pod of dolphins passing by. It is a great spot for nature lovers as you might get the chance to see other Scottish wildlife including eagles and pine martins.
Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!
Hi I’m Harriet, one of Snaptrip’s content team. My job is to scout out all the best places to go; and then share those secrets with you so you can have the perfect, fun-filled UK break. My favourite UK spot is the Cornish coast and I can’t resist a yearly trip to The Lizard. When I’m not crafting content you’ll find me escaping the city to go running in the countryside or wild swimming in the UK’s lovely rivers and lakes.