Scotland is well known for its majestic mountains, lochs and forests, making it a perfect choice for outdoor enthusiasts worldwide.
However, it doesn’t stop there. All along the Scottish coastline you can find white sand beaches that rival even the most stunning vistas of the Maldives.
While they may not always be hotspots for tanning due to our Scottish climate, they certainly make up for it by being unspoiled natural wonders.
So, if you’re looking for gorgeous beach scenery, save yourself a plane ticket and check out our list of 10 white sand beaches in Scotland.
1. Camusdarach Beach, Mallaig
If you want the tropical beach experience with silver sands and deep blue waters (minus the heat) then this is the place for you. Up the West Coast, north of Fort William, you can find Camusdarach Beach, and from here you can see the Isle of Skye. It’s no wonder that Camusdarach was chosen for the film ‘Local Hero’.
Photo: Claire Satera
2. Traigh Lar, Isle of Harris
History lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can unite at this expansive beach that boasts stunning views across to the Isle of Taransay. At the north end of the beach you can find Clach MhicLeoid, a legendary standing stone that was erected approximately 5,000 years ago.
Photo: Gordon Hatton (via Wikimedia Commons)
3. Bhatarsaigh Bay, Vatersay
Vatersay Bay, also known as ‘Baigh Bhatarsaigh’ or East Beach, is a beautiful unspoilt white sand beach on the Isle of Vatersay, in the Outer Hebrides’ western isles. Vatersay is the southernmost inhabited island in the Outer Hebrides, and boasts some of the most scenic and tranquil vistas in the region.
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4. Nairn East Beach, Nairn
Only a half hour out from Inverness you can enjoy the white sands of Nairn East Beach that stretch out as far as the eyes can see. What’s more, the picturesque town of Nairn is one of the driest and sunniest places in Scotland - so you’ve got a better chance of getting your fill sunshine at this exquisite location.
Photo: Mary and Angus Hogg (via Wikimedia Commons)