11 Underrated Scottish Beaches to Visit This Summer

Skye Coral Beach | © shilmar/pixabay
Skye Coral Beach | © shilmar/pixabay
Photo of Tori Chalmers
19 July 2017

Some exposed, others lining the remote fringes of the country, the many beaches of Scotland exist like a glorious nexus of coastal paths and sea. From glistening silver sands to secret rock pools, explore our edit of the most beautiful and underrated Scottish beaches, many of which are regarded as the world’s finest.

Scarista Beach

Just a stone’s skim from its more famous counterpart Luskentyre Beach, Scarista resembles a snapshot from a dream. The Sound of Taransay boasts mind-reeling hues of blue, while the sands are folded with gold tones for days. Perfect for walks or wild swimming, Scarista is also a prime place for spotting local wildlife like seals and eagles.

Scarista Beach, Isle Of Harris, Scotland

Saligo Bay

Surrounded by peach-tinted golden sands and cerulean swells, Saligo Bay is one of Scotland’s prettiest beaches. Come rain or shine, it never fails to take your breath away with its dramatic scenery and wild ways. Situated on Islay, this one is a must-visit for wanderlusters.

Saligo Bay | © Gordon Hatton/WikiCommons

Ceannabeinne Beach

Adored by wanderers and wild campers alike, Ceannabeinne Beach sports dramatic cliffs and spellbinding sea views over to the nature reserve island of Eilean Hoan. Graced by famous Scots novelist Sir Walter Scott during the 1800s, this sandy sanctuary is unrivaled inspiration for even the most mundane of minds. Ceannabeinne’s former title ‘Traigh Alt Chailgeag’ translates as ‘The Beach of the Burn of Bereavement and Death’ and derives from the tale of a drowned woman who was washed up on the beach. Today, however, only positive vibes surround it!

Ceannabeine Beach, Lairg, Scotland


A place of untamed beauty and pristine vistas, Vatersay in the Outer Hebrides is one of those memorable places set to steal hearts for all eternity. Beautiful swatches of soft, silky sand meet with crystal aquamarine seas and mimic many desirable beach haunts in the Caribbean. A magnet for bird watchers and sea seekers, sightings can span from puffins to razorbill. Those island views though!

Vatersay, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Sanna Bay

Sanna Bay is a seascape of shelly sands and royal blue sea, making it one of those life-affirming places every wanderluster must visit. It also happens to bask on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula teetering at the most westerly tip of mainland UK. The mind-blowing views expand to Rum, Canna, Eigg, and Muck and are only outdone when a curious dolphin or whale decides to stop by and embellish the already breathtaking scene!

Sanna Bay, Lochaber, Scotland

Calgary Beach

Made for moonlight musings and counting the constellations, Calgary Beach near Dervaig on Mull is a magnet for wild campers, adventurers and stargazers. Its tiny size doesn’t detract from the overwhelming beauty displayed in the Scottish skies, both at night and during daylight hours, and its brilliant blue basin of sea water. With a carpark, unofficial camping spot and reels of spirited machair, visiting Calgary is like coming home for the first time.

Calgary Beach, Isle Of Mull, Scotland

Achmelvich Bay

A hotspot for water sports (think water skiing, windsurfing and kayaking) and those in the know, Achmelvich Bay has it all — that is if you’re on a quest for secluded slices of Scottish paradise devoid of noise and people pollution. Located a short distance from Lochinver near Suilven, buckets of ivory sand and artistically appealing rocky patches beckon beach lovers to reap the liberating benefits of the beach at Achmelvich.

Achmelvich Bay, Lairg, Scotland

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