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Beaches in Scotland for families – 5 of the best

There is no question that Scotland has some of the best beaches in the world. In this short guide we will tell you which ones we think are the most child friendly, ideal for kids and parents alike, regardless of the weather.

Silver Sands, Aberdour, Fife

With it’s long stretch of ‘silver sands’ this is one of Fife’s most beautiful beaches. A short drive from the village of Aberdour or a 10min walk from the Aderdour train station this beach won the Blue Flag award in 2012.
It offers the freshness and variety of a good seaside but with the tranquility of the countryside. The coastal walk is well worth looking into for those with older children as it offers some fantastic views out to the islands of Inchmickery and Inchcolm.

Milsey Bay, North Berwick, East Lothian

North Berwick is easily one of my kids favorite beaches. It has a boat pond which holds the water when the tide is out making it a safe place to sail boats and paddle. The beach is on the doorstep of the beautiful seaside town of North Berwick with it’s picturesque harbour and quaint streets. 
There are some great places to get goodies for a picnic and an ice cream to follow while mums can browse the gorgeous shops. I have been known to leave my husband on the beach with the kids for hours at a time.

Loch Morlich, Highlands

Loch Morlich, at the foot of the Cairngorms in the heart of the National Park, is Scotland’s only fresh water beach and it’s location means it’s ideal for water sports, sunbathing and picnicking. This award winning beach also has great lochside walks.

Inverboyndie Beach, Aberdeenshire

Inverboyndie has a very popular beach, being recommended as a marine conservation area. It is very popular with families and also attracts many surfers and wind surfers. It is next to the 4 star Aberdeen council caravan site and has a popular play area.

Ganavan Sands, Argyll and Bute

As we holiday a lot in Oban this has become one of our most frequently visited beaches. It has plenty of car parking and is a short drive from the main hub of Oban, a busy fishing town that offers a step back in time.  The views are fantastic out to Mull, Lismore and Morven and beach is so large it never seems busy.  
Happy sandcastles and remember those hooded towels!

2 Responses to “Beaches in Scotland for families – 5 of the best”

  1. What about Elie? It is our personal favourite!

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