With 8 brilliant family holiday parks in Scotland, 7 of which are just a stone’s throw from the beach, we like to think we know a thing or two about Scotland’s coastal hot spots. Scotland’s beaches are as diverse and vibrant as its culture and landscape. With everything from hidden coves nestled on rural outcrops to golden sands and lively seaside resorts, whether you’re an adventurer or just looking for some good old fashioned bucket-and-spade fun, there’s something for everyone.
Today, we’ve hand-picked 7 of Scotland’s top beaches to inspire you on your next travels up North.
Just minutes from Dornoch on Scotland’s North East Coast, you’ll find the endless sands of Embo Beach. Backed by sand dunes brimming with local wildlife, this beach is perfect for nature lovers. Stroll the length of its shores or split your time between the cool, crystal waters and the labyrinth of dunes. Nearby Dornoch Firth is a popular dolphin spotting lookout, while whisky lovers can indulge at Glenmorangie Distillery, just 11 miles away.
Make the most of this spectacular corner of Scotland with a stay at Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park, situated directly on the beach, steps from the sand.
Embo Beach, Dornoch
Luskentyre Beach is about as inaccessible as they get. Situated on the Isle of Harris on Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, it’s only accessible by ferry from the mainland. However, for those that do persevere, the reward is worthwhile. Voted as the second most beautiful beach in the whole of the UK in the 2019 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards, its impossibly turquoise waters have be seen to be believed. Ullapool (just over an hour’s drive from Inverness) offers a regular ferry service to Stornoway, where Luskentyre can be reached by road – making this beach break a challenging, but not impossible, jaunt.
Luskentyre Beach, Outer Hebredies
The northern Scottish town of Nairn enjoys prime position on the coastline - and thanks to the area’s unique microclimate, boasts brilliant weather to boot. Enjoying more hours of sunshine and less rainfall than its neighbours, Nairn Beach is a firm favourite amongst locals and holidaymakers alike. The pristine white sands are ideal for a picnic, while the sparkling waters of the Moray Firth are popular for a cooling dip. Backed by picturesque sand dunes and award-winning golf course – you’ll struggle to find a more peaceful setting. Keep your eyes peeled for wild dolphins on the horizon, known to frequent the region’s coastal waters.
Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park is just steps from this spectacular beach, making it an ideal choice for a seaside break in Scotland.
Nairn Beach, Nairn
Nestled on the Solway Firth, Southerness Beach offers a wide expanse of sand either side of craggy Southerness Point. Between the beaches, you’ll also find Southerness Lighthouse, one of the oldest in Scotland. During the day you’ll find plenty of rocks to climb, pools to explore and great views over the firth towards Cumbria. This west-coast headline also enjoys spectacular sunsets over the water.
Situated steps from the beach, Southerness Holiday Park is the ideal place to stay. Nearby day-trips include historic Sweetheart Abbey and spectacular Galloway National Park.
Southerness Lighthouse, Dumfries
In the picturesque countryside of Ayrshire, all roads lead to the charming seaside town of Ayr - fringed by popular Ayr Beach. This long stretch of coastline runs between the River Doon and Ayr Harbour, with plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the beach. From walks to building sandcastles, it’s a popular destination for all ages. Backed by an esplanade, you’ll find plenty of facilities nearby, including a play park and crazy golf course. You’ll also be able to enjoy spectacular views of the nearby Isle of Arran on clear days.
Enjoy the best of both country and coast with a stay at Sundrum Castle Holiday Park. Nestled amongst rolling green hills and woodland, yet just 15 minutes’ drive from the beach, it’s the ideal location for a coastal break.
Ayr Beach, Ayrshire
Opposite the traditional village of Saltcoats is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets, Saltcoats Beach. Take a walk along the harbour and soak in the seaside atmosphere. The well-kept beach is perfect for families, whether you want to build a sand castle, walk the dog or stretch your legs on the promenade. Kids will also love exploring the rock pools at low tide. With a train station in town, it’s the ideal spot for a day trip. Saltcoats is also home to Androssan Harbour, where you can catch the ferry out to the beautiful Isle of Arran.
Pair your visit with a stay at nearby Sandylands Holiday Park, only a short walk away.
Staying on Scotland’s West Coast, the final beach on our list is Troon Beach in Ayrshire. Lining the shore of Troon’s charming seaside resort. With two wide sandy beaches on offer, South Beach and North Beach (also known as Barassie Beach), there’s plenty of space to spread out and unwind. Offering spectacular views of the Isle of Arran, it’s a great spot for picturesque walks. Both beaches are also popular with kite and windsurfing, while nearby cafes and shops are perfect for a more relaxed day out.
Make the most of Scotland’s beautiful East Coast with a stay at Wemyss Bay Holiday Park. Under an hour’s drive from Troon, ScotRail also operates a coastal rail service making it easy to explore all this coastline has to offer.
Troon Beach, Ayrshire
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