Keep Scotland Beautiful confirms 2015 winners of Seaside Awards

photo of beach
Achmelvich Beach, Sutherland
  • Issued by Keep Scotland Beautiful

The charity for Scotland’s environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful, today (30 May) announced the 2015 winners of the Scottish Seaside Awards - rewarding the efforts of beach managers and communities Scotland-wide in maintaining high standards. The news comes as beaches prepare to welcome visitors for the busy summer season starting on 1st June.

60 beaches in Scotland have been recognised in the 2015 awards for their excellent safety and environmental management procedures and good water quality, 12 of them in the Highlands.

The Seaside Awards are designed to recognise the complete visitor experience, from good access to water quality, from toilet provision to cleanliness of the beach itself. As a result, beaches from Shetland to the Scottish Borders will be flying the Seaside Award flag this season.

In Highland the award winning beaches are:

  • Achmelvich Bay
  • Brora Beach
  • Dornoch Beach
  • Durness, Sango Bay
  • Embo Beach
  • Golspie
  • Loch Morlich
  • Melvich
  • Nairn Central
  • Portmahomack
  • Shandwick Bay
  • Strathy Bay

Celebrating some of the cleanest and best managed beaches in the country, the Seaside Awards scheme has been used as a quality benchmark for Scotland’s beaches for the past 23 years with St Andrews West Sands, in Fife, and Gullane Bents, in East Lothian, winning every year since the awards were first introduced.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:  “Beaches are an important asset to communities and their economies. It is vital that our coastlines are maintained to the highest standards to continue to attract visitors from near and far. Keep Scotland Beautiful will continue its work to ensure that Scotland’s beaches offer a great day out. “From bustling promenades to secluded bays, our beaches have something for everyone to enjoy. It is greatly encouraging that such high standards are being kept throughout Scotland.”

A map showing all the award-winning beaches with directions, facilities and pictures can be found at

Keep Scotland Beautiful has also confirmed that Elie Ruby Bay in Fife has been successful in achieving the international Blue Flag designation.

1 Jun 2015