These are the Blue Flag beaches in Scotland and Northern Ireland

The Blue Flag beach award is widely considered the gold standard for beaches.

These are the beaches in Scotland and Northern Ireland that have been awarded Blue Flags

Ideally suited to resort beaches with plenty of facilities, the Blue Flag criteria are divided into four categories. These are: environmental education and information; water quality; environmental management; and safety and services. These are the beaches in Scotland and Northern Ireland that were awarded the Blue Flag.

This sheltered beach is on the West Coast and has a popular nearby camp site. The nearest town is Stornoway.

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This beach is at the far end of a long sandy stretch to Fraserburgh town in Aberdeenshire.
Near the town of Burntisland, this sandy beach is very near the Fife Coastal Path.
This sand and rock beach is to the east of Burntisland and overlooks the Firth of Forth.
Near Earlferry, this sheltered Scottish beach has a lot of handy facilities.
Downhill Strand beach forms the eastern end of a 7 mile stretch of sand near the town of Castlerock, Northern Ireland.
Mill Strand is a golden, sandy beach looking west from the small seaside resort town of Portrush.
Magilligan Strand, near Limavady in Northern Ireland, is popular with surfers and is backed by one of the largest dune systems in the UK.
This sandy beach backed by impressive dunes is near the town of Portstewart in Northern Ireland
Near Newcastle, Northern Ireland, this beach nestles under the beautiful Mourne Mountains.
Cranfield Bay is a sand and shingle beach in front of Cranfield Bay Holiday Park. It also offers views of the Mourne Mountains as well as the Haulbowline lighthouse.
Another beach near Portrush, Whiterocks is famous for its limestone cliffs.
This beach is popular with surfers and swimmers and known for its high quality water.