Beach and Coastal Cottages in Scotland
With over 8,000 miles of coastline, Scotland is ideal for a beach holiday. What better way to make the most of a coastal location than staying in local self-catering accommodation? Whether you want a spectacular sea view, a beach for the family to explore or a wide expanse of sand for soothing seaside walks, you’ll find it in Scotland.
Explore the Scottish coastline from Dumfries through to the Hebrides and Scottish Isles, along the Moray Firth and on to East Lothian and the Borders. And don’t forget the historic villages, art galleries and world-renowned fish-and-chips shops of the East Neuk of Fife!
There can be no better way to enjoy an authentic seaside break than with the freedom and flexibility that comes with a self-catering cottage.
Seaside Tips from the Locals
Quiet sandy beaches ideal for exploring
Rockcliffe is a quiet sandy beach a short drive from Orroland. If the tide is out, there is a huge area of sand. Plenty of rock pools for crab fishing and many walks starting from here with stunning views. Dog friendly and family friendly with toilet facilities and benches for picnics.
Fortrose: Historic Cathedral built in the 13th century. The sacristy and chapter house are still standing. Cathedral Square is at the centre of the old ecclesiastical centre of Fortrose. The old Bishops gardens lead down to the beach and harbour.
Secluded bays, inspiring walks and spectacular views
Torr point, Red Haven & Orchardton Bay are within the East Stewartry Coast National Scenic Area with views of Hestan Island. The footpaths give access to the head of Auchencairn Bay with a complete circuit of 6km, there are shorter walks from the car park.Red Haven is a great place to swim in summer
Cuil Bay- Great for walking, swimming, relaxing
Cuil Bay has three bays. You can park next to the first beach and relax. Good for swimming. You can walk on to the next two bays and then down to the point. Some folk fish from the beach.
Iconic West Coast silvery sands, machair and stunning views await you at the isolated beach of Smirisary. A lovely walk from Glenuig through the romantic crofting village of Smirisary along a remote coastal path onto a lovely beach with fine views of The Small Isles. A great place for a picnic.
Clashnessie beach is a beautiful untouched beach, a must visit when staying in and around Lochinver and Assynt!
Five minute ferry to remotest Scotland
Turn right when you leave Springwell and catch the Corran Ferry. Land at Ardgour, doorstep to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and Morvern, most westerly point of mainland Britain - ancient oakwoods, stunning beaches, views to the Western Isles, amazing wildlife. The best of the West at your fingertips.
Chanonry Point dolphins up close
Chanonry Point: Renowned viewing area to watch the Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins jump & perform. Sometimes only 20 yards from the beach. Historic location and memorial to Kenneth Mckenzie or Coinneach Odhar/Brahn Seer where he was burned in a barrel of tar approx 1675.
Blue skies and turquoise beaches!
My favourite, Garry Beach, north of Tolsta, one of several beautiful beaches on the island, with inlets, coves and cliffs to enjoy with few others around. Choose a long summer day to head across the 'bridge to nowhere' for a 10 mile clifftop walk to Ness, exploring abandoned villages on the way.
Kippfords Shell Beach
Beautiful shell beach reached on foot along The Merse Kippford. Lovely views over the Urr Estuary towards Rough Island and Hestan Island. Accessed also by the NTS path from Rockciffe.
Cuil Bay - otter sighted!
Cuil Bay - pebble beach with scenic walks out to the point, with spectacular views down Loch Linnhe towards Mull, and north towards Fort William. Otter was sighted in the second bay over on the way to the point - he seemed very at home and familiar here.
Loch Laggan is a freshwater loch that boasts the largest freshwater beach in the British Isles. It's located within the grounds of Ardverikie Estate (a.k.a. Glenbogle). It is just purely stunning... On a summers day this beach gives Loch Morlich in Aviemore a run for its money! ENJOY!
With soft golden sand the beach is perfect for digging and making castles. Like most of the beaches on the Solway Firth the tide is often a long way out revealing extensive mud flats which are great for exploring.
You can also walk to either end of the beach and explore the rocks and small caves.
Beach Cottages Scotland
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With EmbraceScotland you book direct with the owner, giving you access not only to the best prices, but also a wealth of knowledge and advice about how to make the most of the area, and indeed the secret beaches and coves.