Those who have visited Parkdean Resorts Holiday Parks in Scotland can tell you there are glorious coastlines often bordering many of the parks. Often situated near stunning Scottish cities, these beaches are sometimes overlooked, which is a huge shame considering what’s on offer. Although England and Wales boast some beautiful beaches too, there is a lot to be said about the Scottish sands. Here is a guide to some of the most popular beach destinations in Scotland, along with the nearest Parkdean Resorts Holiday Parks, and some other attractions you may want to check out.
Nearest park: Nairn Lochloy
With more hours of sunshine and less rain due to the area’s micro-climate, Nairn is the ultimate beach holiday in Scotland. Ideal if you are staying at Nairn Lochloy - as it is sitting on the coastline. With it being only 16 miles from nearby city Inverness, with two amazing golf courses, it’s no wonder this was a favourite holiday destination for Charlie Chaplin. You might even spot the odd dolphin or two. If wildlife’s your thing, take a trip to Culbin Forest which has its own wildlife reserve.
A family enjoying Nairn beach
Nearest park: Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame.
Just on the doorstep of Grannie’s Heilan Hame is Embo Beach, which has a system of pathways created by sand dunes where local wildlife can be discovered. This is brilliant for exploring and exciting walks. Grannie’s also known for being beside the magnificent sites such as Dornoch Firth, and for whisky lovers: the Glenmorangie distillery only 11 miles away. Dolphins have also been spotted here quite often. There’s no place quite like Grannie’s.
The gorgeous Embo Beachs
Nearest park: Southerness
From waking up to the beach as soon as you open your curtains, to watching the sun set over Solway Firth – Southerness is blissful all day, every day. A great place for all the family: plenty of rocks to climb, pools to explore, great views from Solway Firth to Cumbria, and dog-friendly. Not being far from Sweetheart and Galloway National Park means there is surely something for everyone here. Even in cooler months Southerness is a gem in the wild Galloway coastline.
Family fun at Southerness
Nearest park: Sundrum Castle
The picturesque countryside of Ayrshire is complimented by Ayr beach, which can be enjoyed during the 20 minute drive from Sundrum Castle Holiday Park. Thanks to a recent re-vamp Ayr now has a children’s play park, an outdoor gym, mini-golf and a crazy golf park opposite one of Scotland’s finest coasts. Similarly to Troon, the Isle of Arran can be spotted in the distance and reached by ferry. The fairy tale-like Kelburn Castle is also worth travelling to as it boasts a secret forest, crocodile swamp and stunning waterfalls.
Fun in the sun at Ayr
Nearest park: Sandylands
Opposite a traditional village and sharing the Ayrshire coast, Saltcoats is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets. Take a walk along the harbour and soak in the seaside atmosphere. The well-kept beach is perfect for families to build sand castles or even taking the dog for a run about. Sandylands is only a short walk away so a trip to the beach is mandatory. A railway system is close by for those staying further afield at Sundrum Castle or Wemyss Bay, making Saltcoats beach a superb change of scenery. Watch the video below for a taste of the golden sunsets at Saltcoats.
Troon BeachNearest park: Wemyss Bay.
Although it is a fair journey from Parkdean Resorts holiday park Wemyss Bay, Troon beach is easily found via train. This is worth the trip primarily for the views of the Isle of Arran, which is reachable by ferry. Troon is also a popular spot for wind-surfers and day-trippers and isn’t far from plenty places to eat, as well as a few boutiques. A great place for flying kites with the children or a quiet walk. Spending the day in Troon is almost like taking a holiday, within a holiday.