The Bay of Scousburgh in the Shetland Isles has been named as one of Scotland's best beaches by Lonely Planet editors. PIC: Joe de Sousa.

The top 18 beaches in Scotland as chosen by Lonely Planet

Lose yourself on Scotland’s best beaches and find some perspective among the big skies, endless sands and calming waters.

Editors at travel bible Lonely Planet have published their top 18 beaches of Scotland with their selection spanning every corner of the country.

From Shetland to Lewis and the Borders to the West Highlands, the list contains some popular choices and some lesser-known gems.

Flick through their selection and transport yourself down to the shore for some rejuvenating coastal time.

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