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Article published 31/05/2019

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced that 61 Scottish beaches from across the country have been recognised this year for the high standards provided to users - from keeping sand litter free to providing excellent information and accessible amenities.

The annual Scottish Beach Awards act as the national benchmark for local environmental quality all along Scotland’s coastline.

With the country set to mark 2020 as Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, it is only right that we celebrate the achievements of communities, organisations and local authorities across the country in making sure that our beaches provide visitors with the fantastic shoreline experience that they deserve.

Scotland’s coastlines and waters attract thousands of visitors every year. These beach users can be assured that where they see the Scottish Beach Award flag they will have the experience they are looking for: a clean beach, excellent amenities and signposting about the local area, as well as information about water quality.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful

This year's 61 winning beaches, across 11 regions included Irvine Beach - Front Shore, an award winner for the first time since 2009. 2019 also sees many long-standing award participants return, including Gullane Bents and St Andrews West Sands, both of which celebrate 27 consecutive years as award winners.

Fife retains its title as the region with the most awards, home to 14 winning beaches. The Highlands was second with 12 successful award winners.

Award flags will be flying at beaches the length and breadth of Scotland.  Find your nearest award winning beach at

Scotland’s waters have shaped our history and influenced our culture, our stories, and our way of life. They are greatly valued and cherished by communities and visitors alike, so it is fitting that in 2020 we have a full year dedicated to shining a spotlight on them as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters celebrations.

Thanks to Keep Scotland Beautiful and the passion from a range of organisations, local authorities and individuals to achieve recognition through the Scottish Beach Awards - both visitors and locals can enjoy a wide range of spectacular environmentally considerate beach settings across the country.

Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland Chief Executive

Keep Scotland Beautiful has been awarding beaches for over 25 years – to ensure that local people and visitors enjoy and take care of them year-round.

Beaches are important to everyone who lives, visits and works near them, so it is important that they are managed in an environmentally sensitive way.

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