Beaches |

Scotland has over 6000 miles of coastline with some of its beaches being renowned across the world.

Here is a list of some of the best beaches along the routes of the Caledonian Sleeper.

Balmedie Beach

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Balmedie Beach, Aberdeen

Located approximately 8 miles north of Aberdeen city centre, Balmedie Beach is a beautiful stretch of coastline with expansive sand dunes and stunning views of the North Sea. It is a popular destination for beach walks, picnics, and wildlife spotting, with opportunities to see seals, seabirds, and even dolphins offshore. The beach is also known for its clean waters and is ideal for swimming during the warmer months.

Portobello Beach

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Portobello Beach, Edinburgh

Situated in the Portobello area, approximately 3 miles east of Edinburgh city centre, Portobello Beach is Edinburgh's seaside escape, offering a charming mix of sandy shores, historic promenades, and vibrant seaside attractions. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and beach volleyball during the summer months, while the promenade is perfect for leisurely strolls and enjoying fish and chips from the local shops.

 



West Sands St Andrews

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West Sands Beach, St Andrews (Leuchars)

West Sands Beach is a stunning expanse of golden sand stretching for almost 2 miles along the Fife coastline. Famous for its appearance in the film "Chariots of Fire," the beach offers panoramic views of St Andrews Bay and the town's historic skyline. It's a popular spot for beach games, kite flying, and long walks, with ample space for families and visitors to relax and enjoy the coastal scenery.

Cruden Bay

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Cruden Bay, Aberdeen

Situated approximately 23 miles north of Aberdeen city centre, Cruden Bay is a picturesque beach nestled beneath rugged cliffs and rolling sand dunes. It offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, with opportunities for beachcombing, birdwatching, and exploring the nearby ruins of Slains Castle. The beach is also popular with surfers and kayakers, thanks to its consistent waves and sheltered coves.

Nairn Beach

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Nairn Beach, Inverness

Nairn beach offers a picturesque stretch of golden sand along the Moray Firth coastline, ideal for families with its shallow waters and gentle slope. Backed by dunes and lined with colourful beach huts, it's perfect for sunbathing, picnics, and leisurely walks. Visitors can enjoy swimming, beach games, and wildlife spotting, with the chance to see dolphins and seals offshore. 

Lunan Bay

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Lunan Bay, Montrose

Situated approximately 8 miles south of Montrose, Lunan Bay is a breath-taking stretch of coastline characterised by its sweeping sands, towering cliffs, and ancient ruins. It's a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for surfing, horse riding, and beachcombing. The beach is also home to the remains of Red Castle, a historic fortress dating back to the 12th century, adding to its allure as a must-visit destination along Scotland's east coast.