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12th March 2018 | Regional News

Beautiful Beaches in Scotland

Scotland is renowned for its spectacular landscapes, historic attractions and local foods, however, it’s also home to an array of award-winning beaches. From quiet coves to popular bays, Scotland boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, many that are perfect for a family day out.

Whether you’re into wildlife watching, water sports or just fancy a relaxing day at the beach, there’s so much to do on a visit to Scotland’s coastline. Better still, many of these stunning beaches are close to our holiday parks in the region, so you can look forward to a day at the seaside on your next holiday in Scotland.

Nairn Beach

Nairn Beach is extremely popular with families, and it’s easy to see why. Just a 15 minute walk, or a couple of minutes’ drive, from Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park, this spectacular sandy beach offers up stunning views over the Moray Firth. The coastline is also home to a pod of dolphins that are regularly seen playing in the water on clear days.

Located in the popular seaside town of Nairn, you’re guaranteed a great day out at the beach, come rain or shine. Go rock pooling with the kids and uncover a range of marine wildlife, or admire the fishing boats in the harbour. There are also plenty of coastal walking routes for you to enjoy too. If you’re looking for a stroll that will take a couple of hours, then try the route from Nairn dunes to Kingsteps. As well as providing incredible sea views, this walk will also take you through a section of Culbin Forest, where you’ll have a great chance of seeing red squirrels in the woodland.

When you’re not exploring Nairn’s beautiful coastline, there are plenty of attractions in the area that are well worth a visit. One of the most famous is Brodie Castle, built in the 16th century and home to the Brodie clan for over 400 years. Step back in time and learn about one of Scotland’s most well-known families, before enjoying 70 acres of impressive gardens. There’s even an adventure play area for the little ones too.

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Ayr Beach

Situated on the West Coast of Scotland is Ayr Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the country. Under 20 minutes’ from Sundrum Castle Holiday Park, there’s so much to explore on a visit. Whether you’re a keen bird watcher or just looking for a beautiful place to walk your dog, Ayr Beach has it all.

Next to the beach is a fantastic esplanade, running all the way from the harbour to the River Doon, perfect for a stroll along the shoreline. If you’re into fishing you’re in luck, as you’ll find plenty of fishermen on the pier hoping to catch mackerel, coalfish and even eels. The beach is also popular with horse riders, so keep an eye out for horses galloping along the shore. One of the best times to visit the beach is in the early evening, when you’ll be greeted by a stunning sunset.

Ayr Beach and the nearby area surrounding the River Doon are also great for bird watching. There are over 190 species flying above this area, including Iceland gulls, black guillemots and colourful finches. There are plenty of fun-filled activities alongside the beach as well. From crazy golf to Pirate Pete’s Family Entertainment Centre, you’ll have hours of fun here if you’re holidaying with children.

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Dornoch Beach

Under 10 minutes’ drive from Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park is Dornoch Beach, a fantastic Blue Flag beach that offers up miles of golden sand. The beach has also won the well-known ‘Seaside Award’ because of its extremely clean bathing waters.

Dornoch Beach is the perfect place for a family day out. It has gentle shallow waters that are great for paddling and plenty of hidden rocky coves just waiting to be explored. It’s also a great place to spot wildlife, as next to the beach there is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Here, you’ll find birds, rare flowers and an array of other wildlife. You may even get to spot seals and dolphins playing in the firth too. If you’re a keen golfer then you’ll love it here, as the Royal Dornoch Championship Course, ranked 13th in the world, is right next to the beach!

When you’re not admiring the beach, a trip to Historylinks Museum, just a few minutes away, is a must. Immerse yourself in the history of the local area through exhibitions, displays and informational films. Learn about the history of the highlands, discover fascinating facts about the railway and see how golf came to play a vital role in the town.

Video sourced from RMW Drone Photography

Southerness Beach

If you’re staying at Southerness Holiday Park, then right on your doorstep is Southerness Beach, the perfect place to visit during any season. Dogs are welcome on the beach all year round, making it a great place for a coastal walk with your pooch. The cliffs also boast stunning sea views over the Solway Firth, so don’t forget your camera.

Whilst you’re there, you can’t miss the lighthouse – the beach’s main attraction. Built in 1749, it’s the second oldest lighthouse in Scotland, and although no longer in use, it’s a fantastic landmark in the village. If you fancy a walk, the beach is connected to plenty of popular footpaths. There’s a six mile route from Powillimount to Carsethorn, where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll past rocky headlands, beautiful woodland and Carsethorn Harbour.

Not far from the beach is Sweetheart Abbey, the ruins of a charming church founded in the late 13th century by Lady Devorgilla of Galloway. Visitors can learn all about how she founded the abbey in memory of her husband, Lord John Balliol, giving the abbey its romantic name. Then, continue your historic journey at Caerlaverock Castle, one of Scotland’s most fascinating medieval fortresses. Here, you’ll see how the moat, gatehouse and the spectacular main structure defended Scotland hundreds of years ago.

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