From glistening gold sands and seaside cliffs to jaw-dropping dunes, you don’t need to leave Scotland to enjoy the beach
Portobello Back in the swinging 60s Portie was a popular seaside destination. After getting a little rough around the edges in 70s and 80s, it has once again become an enjoyable jaunt for visitors and locals alike. Walk along the beach, play on the puggies in the amusement arcade or enjoy a tipple at the Espy bar on the promenade.
Gullane A favourite outdoor spot, long, wide stretches of white sand, rock pools and dunes bring families and watersports fans back time and time again throughout the year. In summer, an ice-cream van takes up permanent residence in the grassy car park.
Arbroath The traditional fishing town of Arbroath is famous for two things, the Smokie and the Abbey, where the Declaration of Arbroath was signed by the Scottish nobility in the fourteenth century as a statement of Scottish independence. Both are definitely worth sampling. If you’re spending some time in the area, the Seaton Cliffs to the east of the town make for a fantastic nature walk, stretching five miles to the tiny village of Auchmithie.
Broughty Ferry A beautiful wee village with dramatic views across to Fife and a superb sandy beach and esplanade, the Ferry these days is a great spot for a scenic day trip, the restaurants, pubs, cafes, shops and galleries spread around the small waterfront containing a cornucopia of ways to wile away a day, and all a short bus ride from the city centre.15 minutes east of Dundee city centre.
Yellowcraigs Beach Situated 35 miles from the East of Edinburgh, this is a haven for walkers with its stunning views over the Forth. Just off-shore, Fidra Island was reputedly the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island.
St Andrews Check out the array of activities taking place at St Andrews’ West Sands, one of the most picturesque beaches in the area and the place they filmed the opening scenes of Chariots of Fire. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy everything from kite surfing and landboarding (the beach equivalent) to parakarting (the same but in a go-kart) and kite surfing.