Beautiful for shore! The 61 best beaches in Scotland for 2019 revealed in annual awards
- Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has named the award winners
- Beaches winning the accolade are judged to have met a range of criteria
- These include safety, access and facilities, and cleanliness
- In total, 54 beaches have held an award for five or more years in a row
Sixty-one beaches across Scotland have been given awards in recognition of their high standards for visitors.
Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful named the locations that have achieved Scottish Beach Award status for 2019 ahead of the bathing season getting underway on Saturday.
Beaches winning the accolade are judged to have met a range of criteria, including on safety, access and facilities, and cleanliness.
Sixty-one beaches across Scotland have been given awards in recognition of their high standards for visitors. Pictured is Kirkcaldy Pathhead Sands beach in Fife, which is one of the award winners
Beaches winning the Beach Award accolade are judged to have met a range of criteria, including on safety, access and facilities, and cleanliness. Pictured is gong recipient Loch Morlich beach in Highland
In total, 54 beaches have held an award for five or more years in a row. Pictured is Elie Harbour beach in Fife, which is one of the 61 beaches recognised this year
This year sees many long-standing award participants return, including Gullane Bents in East Lothian and St Andrews West Sands in Fife, both of which are celebrating 27 consecutive years as award winners.
In total, 54 beaches have held an award for five or more years in a row.
Irvine Beach – Front Shore in North Ayrshire is also welcomed back on to the list for the first time in a decade.
Fife retains its title as the region with the most awards, being home to 14 winning beaches.
The Highlands was second, with 12 successful award winners.
Pictured is award-winner Irvine beach in North Ayrshire, which Keep Scotland Beautiful describes as ‘a long stretch of golden sand sheltered by flowing dunes’
Kinghorn and Pettycur Bay beach in Fife, pictured, makes the list. It is described as ‘a pleasant sandy beach located on the west side of Kinghorn… a haven of peace and tranquillity’
Keep Scotland Beautiful chief executive Derek Robertson said: ‘With the country set to mark 2020 as Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, it is only right that we celebrate the achievements of communities, organisations and local authorities across the country in making sure that our beaches provide visitors with the fantastic shoreline experience that they deserve.
‘Scotland’s coastlines and waters attract thousands of visitors every year. These beach users can be assured that where they see the Scottish Beach Award flag they will have the experience they are looking for: a clean beach, excellent amenities and signposting about the local area, as well as information about water quality.’
Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of tourism body VisitScotland, said: ‘Thanks to Keep Scotland Beautiful and the passion from a range of organisations, local authorities and individuals to achieve recognition through the Scottish Beach Awards – both visitors and locals can enjoy a wide range of spectacular environmentally considerate beach settings across the country.’