Beach and Coastal Cottages 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
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.
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.
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.
Findhorn - sand, sea, great food
Findhorn boasts miles of beaches and dunes to walk on, or watch the seals from. It has facilities for all kinds of sailing, fishing, bird watching and watersports, but no trip to Findhorn is complete without a drink or a freshly cooked meal at the friendly Kimberley Inn.
Secluded Croig Beach
Beautiful secluded, sandy beach with lovely views. Not many people know about it so you quite often can have it to yourself!
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.
White sandy beach at Achmelvich
The gorgeous white soft sea-shell sandy beach at Achmelvich is only a very short drive, and is so special! Wonderful to play on and relax; safe for the children to swim or paddle in the sea.
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.
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!
A Hidden Gem of a bay
Probably one of the best beaches in the whole of Cowal. Ostel Bay is a hidden gem not easily stumbled across. It is all the more enjoyable due to the fact you have to make a wee bit of an effort to reach it. A perfect setting with fantastic views across to Arran.
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.