Sea you at the Beach (of Scotland)!

Lydia Kendall

Hello my wonderful readers,

It is summer, and while we cannot move around freely due to COVID-19 regulations, we can always fantasize about the places we could and will visit after the pandemic is over! 

And that’s why I researched the most beautiful beaches in Scotland! I had visited some of them during some of my travels to Scotland, and I must say, I have not been able take them off my mind since! 

I gathered here some of my favorites (and ones we will hopefully get to visit soon!). For now, let’s read about them in the comfort of our own home! 🙂

St. Ninian’s Tombolo. Image source. 

  • St. Ninian’s Isle

St. Ninian’s Isle is a tiny island, off the coast of Shetland. It’s actually so close to mainland that, during summer months, it is connected via a spectacular sand tombolo (the largest in the United Kingdom!). You can walk straight through the ocean to the picturesque little island, which is bejeweled by the evocative ruins of a 12th-century chapel. An ecclesiastical and natural type of appeal shrouds St. Ninian’s – for there is little to nothing else to see than the ruins of the chapel and the nature of the secluded island.

Fun fact: A Pictish treasure hoard was found on the island, beside the ancient chapel site. 

  • Camusdarach Beach, Morar

Just south of the estuary of River Morar, near Mallaig, you can find this stunning beach, with almost white sand greenish waters. It’s part of a string of beaches called the Silver Sands of Morar! But, to be honest, it’s better if you simply sunbathe, rather than swim in these waters, as they remain chilly all throughout the year! You can see the jaggy outline of the Cuillin mountain range on the Isle of Skye, the rugged blue peaks of Rum and the steep sea cliff of Eigg…Ah!

  • Balnakeil Beach, near Durness, Highlands

Situated at the north of Scotland, home to some of the most dramatic coastlines of the country, Balnakeil Beach is one real treat! The sand dunes are the most obvious feature of this magnificent beach and they represent a large range of habitats. It is known for its spectacular sunsets!

There are also ruins of a chapel there, Balnakeil Church, built in 1614! 


Balnakeil Beach, the longest beach in Scotland. Image source.

  • Rockcliffe Beach, near Dalbeattie

A wonderful wee beach, surrounded by woods and forests. It’s in between the villages of of Kippford and Rockcliffe, two of the most picturesque villages in all of Scotland, in my opinion! They have beautiful colorful houses, and lots of flora and fauna to gaze at when you saunter through the beach.  At Rockcliffe, a bird sanctuary called Rough Island can be reached on foot at low tide all year round, except for May and June (when the birds take charge of the isle!).

But most importantly, there is another small citadel, seemingly ancient, called Mote of Mark. It is believed to be dated since the 5th or 6th century! 


Rockcliffe, south of Dalbeattie. Image source.

  • Loch Morlich

Scotland’s only freshwater beach carpets the shores of Loch Morlich, a beautiful lake set in the heart of the Cairngorms mountain range. This beautiful almost white sand promises to be as soft as it looks! How wonderful to be taking a picnic there at this time, huh? It’s quite novel to lie back and catch a few rays in the middle of the Scottish Highlands, and when you do fancy a dip, the water is as clear and sparkling as a summer’s day.

You might have heard of Loch Lomond…but this loch might be a tad more marvelous. Just look at this picture! 

Loch Morlich. Image source.

What do you think my dear? Did you like any of these beaches? Or do you prefer the mountains?

Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Written by Lydia Kendall

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