A Day Out to Scotland’s Best Beaches

Nairn has been describe as the Brighton of Scotland, and has one of the sunniest climate north of the border. The wide sandy beach that stretches out to the left of the town is ideal for families. There is good parking nearby and all the facilities f the town are just a short stroll away, although the beach is separated by a bank of dunes, ensuring that it maintains a wild, tranquil feel.

Located on the north-west corner of the isle of Mull, there are acres of fine sandy beach of Calgary Bay, with beautiful views across to Skye.  The walk through the dunes from the car park goes past ruined houses that date back to the 18th century. This is a perfect spot to camp, as the beach is backed by flat grassland.

It might be a bit of a trek to reach Sanna Bay, but the journey along the small road that twists across the Ardnamurchan peninsula is more than worth it.  Situated at the westernmost tip of the mainland Britain, the beach is dramatic and unspoilt, and on a sunny day the white-shell sand and turquoise water looks positively Mediterranean.  There are no facilities to speak of, just lovely views across to the island of Eigg, Muck and Canna and total peace.

The long stretch of sand at Yellowcraig looks across to the island of Fidra, which is said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island tale.  Tucked away on the East Lothian coast, the beach is protected from wind and is great for families. There are rolling sand dunes, space for kite flying and football, and a Treasure Island-themed play area.

Seafood lovers should head to Sinclair’s Bay; for many years it was one of Scotland’s most famous area for lobster and crab.  Many small boats still put out each day, sharing the waters with porpoises and orcas.  At each end of the beach lie romantic, ruined 16th century castles, while perched high above the beach on the cliff top, the Achergill Tower hotel offers stunning views across the bay.

Famous as the beach used in the opening scenes of Chariots of Fire, West Sands stretches for over a mile and the water is shallow enough to make it perfect for young children to paddle and splash around.  It’s also beloved of kite and windsurfers, which mean it can get busy although the further you drive from the town of St. Andrews the quieter it becomes.  Golfers are kept happy here, too; the famous links are just the other side of the sand dunes.