Video: Ten idyllic Scottish coastal retreats

Whatever your reason for escaping to the coast, Scotland has no shortage of peaceful villages to help you drop down a gear.

Mainland Scotland has 6,160 miles of coastline - 10,250 miles once you account for our hundreds of islands.

The Central Belt might have the two largest population centres, but sometimes being in the thick of it is the last place you want to spend a well-deserved break.

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From coast to coast, Scotland has hundreds of quaint, isolated and tranquil oceanfront towns perfect for escaping the roaring traffic of city life.

Rothesay, the chief town of Bute on the east coast of the island.

Venture south for a fresh breath of Atlantic air fill your lungs in Portpatrick, or hop on a ferry and find out firsthand why Portree and Tobermoray are so popular among international visitors and locals alike.

For those times you find yourself reaching your breaking point, here is ten coastal retreats for your escapism.