The nine Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire beaches among Scotland's 50 cleanest

Aberdeen Beach
Aberdeen Beach -Credit:Getty

It's been a long time coming, but summer has finally arrived in Scotland with warmer temperatures blessing the north-east in recent weeks.

And more warm weather could be on the way, with some forecasters suggesting a 'Saharan plume' is heading towards Britain in the coming days.

With warm weather arriving from Africa, temperatures are expected to rise with Saturday looking particularly warm for parts of Scotland.

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The mercury could reach the mid 20s in western areas although it certainly won't be cold elsewhere, writes the Scottish Daily Express.

And what better way to celebrate the warm weather than a trip the beach? Thankfully, Scots have plenty of options with popular spots and hidden gems aplenty to choose from.

One thing you want to ensure when heading for the seaside is that your chosen beach will be clean. Thankfully, you can check ahead with our handy guide of the 50 (well, 52) cleanest beaches in the country.

These were the coastal areas that picked up Keep Scotland Beautiful awards in 2023 for their pristine condition. There is a good mix from across the country with the focus on popular, well-used facilities.

The north-east has plenty of impressive coastal areas, and it was no surprise to see them feature heavily, with nine beaches in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire included.

There are plenty more secret beaches in the Highlands and islands as well that boast crystal clear waters and golden sand. But if you want good transport links and facilities nearby, these 52 will be right up your street.

Cleanest beaches in Scotland

  1. Aberdeen Ballroom Beach, Aberdeen

  2. Balmedie, Aberdeenshire

  3. Collieston, Aberdeenshire

  4. Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

  5. Fraserburgh Waters of Philorth, Aberdeenshire

  6. Peterhead Lido, Aberdeenshire

  7. Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire

  8. Fraserburgh Tigerhill, Aberdeenshire

  9. Inverboyndie, Aberdeenshire

  10. Lunan Bay, Angus

  11. Montrose Seafront, Angus

  12. Arbroath, Angus

  13. Carnoustie, Angus

  14. Monifieth, Angus

  15. East Haven, Angus

  16. Broughty Ferry, Dundee

  17. Dunbar East Beach, East Lothian

  18. Gullane Bents, East Lothian

  19. Belhaven Bay, Dunbar, East Lothian

  20. Longniddry Bents, Gosford, East Lothian

  21. North Berwick Milsey Bay, East Lothian

  22. North Berwick West Beach, East Lothian

  23. Yellowcraig, East Lothian

  24. Longniddry Bents, East Lothian

  25. Elie Harbour Beach, Fife

  26. St Andrews West Sands, Fife

  27. Leven, Fife

  28. Burntisland, Fife

  29. St Andrews East Sands, Fife

  30. Aberdour Silver Sands, Fife

  31. Aberdour Black Sands, Fife

  32. Crail Roome Bay, Fife

  33. Kingsbarns, Fife

  34. Elie Ruby Bay, Fife

  35. Billowness, Anstruther, Fife

  36. Kinghorn (Pettycur), Fife

  37. Kirkcaldy Seafield, Fife

  38. Kirkcaldy Pathhead Sands, Fife

  39. Loch Morlich, Highland

  40. Brora Beach, Highland

  41. Sango Sands, Highland

  42. Dornoch Beach, Highland

  43. Nairn Central, Highland

  44. Irvine Beach, North Ayrshire

  45. Coldingham, Scottish Borders

  46. West Sandwick, Shetland

  47. Maidens, South Ayrshire

  48. Ayr Beach, South Ayrshire

  49. Prestwick, South Ayrshire

  50. Girvan, South Ayrshire

  51. Troon (South Beach), South Ayrshire

  52. Barassie Beach, South Ayrshire