Top 10 trending Scottish beaches in 2021

Some of the most breathtaking beaches in the country


With the school holidays coming up and the weather finally improving, it is time to start thinking about your next summer staycation destination. Scotland is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes, and its beaches are not to be missed.

That’s why Holidu, the search engine for holiday rentals, has decided to find out which are the must-visit beaches in Scotland this year, creating the perfect bucket list to start planning your trip with!

1. Portobello Beach, Edinburgh – 12,100 searches per month

Taking the crown as the most searched for beach in Scotland this year is Portobello Beach in Edinburgh! An absolute hit with locals as soon as temperatures hit double figures (and even for fresh walks when not!). The beach promenade is lined with a selection of cafes, restaurants and ice cream shops. Edinburgh is the perfect destination to secure a delightful city break and a beach holiday all rolled into one.

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Portobello beach credit JenniKate Wallace via Flickr

2. Luskentyre Beach, Harris – 8,100 searches per month

White sand, crystal clear water and mountain views – what more do you want? The breathtaking landscape of Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris is an absolute must for anyone looking to experience Caribbean vibes from the comfort of Scotland.

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Luskentyre beach credit Reading Tom via Flickr

3. Sandwood Bay, Sutherland – 6,600 searches per month

In third place is Sandwood Bay Beach, located in Sutherland on the far north-west coast of Scotland. This picturesque beach is 1.5 miles of wide pink sand backed by huge sand dunes and a freshwater loch, and is widely considered to be one of the most unspoilt beaches in the whole of mainland Britain.

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Sandwood Bay credit Andy Mitchell via Flickr

4. Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig – 5,400 searches per month

Camusdarach Beach is an arc of white, glistening sand and clear water just south of the estuary of River Morar. Casmusdarach boasts unrivalled views of the Isle of Skye, Rum and Eigg, making it the perfect spot for anyone looking to enjoy Scottish landscape at its best. Enjoy swimming, rock pooling or a relaxing walk along the beach.

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Camusdarach beach credit Claire Satera via Unsplash

5. Achmelvich Bay, Ullapool – 4,400 searches per month

Achmelvich Beach is a stunning, Blug Flag awarded white sandy beach on the rural west coast. This is a popular spot with water skiers, windsurfers and kayakers, making Achmelvich a bustling and lively beach during the summer months. Furthermore, the beach is popular with fishing enthusiasts and the surrounding area is perfect for hikers. There’s something for everyone!

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Achmelvich Bay credit Colin Gregory via Flickr

6. Cramond Beach, Edinburgh – 4,400 searches per month

In sixth place, we have Cramond Beach, situated in the suburbs of Edinburgh. This small sandy beach is a favourite with families, runners, dog walkers and cyclists who can enjoy the views of the beach from the promenade. There is also plenty to do nearby, with the historic village of Cramond home to a quaint pub and coffee shop, as well as its close proximity to Edinburgh city centre.

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Cramond island credit fiomaha via Flickr

7. Lunan Bay, Angus – 4,400 searches per month

In seventh place is Lunan Bay beach, located on the dramatic Angus coastline. This beach is backed by sand dunes and features low cliffs to the north and south. Lunan Bay is popular with surfers and horse riders, as well as those looking to try their luck at a spot of fishing. This beach is steeped in history, with its visitors including Viking armies in the 10th century!

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Lunan Bay credit Odd Wellies via Flickr

8. Gullane Beach, Gullane – 3,600 searches per month

Gullane is best known for its golf courses, but the gorgeous sandy beach is another sight not to be missed! With excellent views out onto the Firth of Forth, the beach is a popular location for windsurfing and kite flying when the weather is windy, as well as for picnics and family days out when the sun is shining.

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Gullane beach credit VWF Photography & VF Sports Pix via Flickr

9. Coldingham Bay, Scottish Borders – 3,600 searches per month

The first of our two beaches located in the Scottish Borders, Coldingham Bay is an inlet in the North Sea coast, just over three kilometres north of the town of Eyemouth. The beach is 1 kilometre long and is made up of clean sand and plenty of grassy areas behind the beach, perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sunshine. Kids will enjoy a day spotting hermit crabs in the rock pools.

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Coldingham Bay credit Nigel Swales via Flickr

10. Pease Bay, Scottish Borders – 3,600 searches per month

Stealing the final spot on our top 10 list is Pease Bay, a bay located in the Scottish Borders. The area is a notable surfing holiday destination in Scotland and is ideally located with the Berwickshire Coastline only being a short drive from Edinburgh and also within easy reach of North East England.

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Pease Bay credit sonder3 via Flickr


All Scottish beaches listed on were considered for this study. The ranking was then drawn up using the average number of monthly searches on Google in the last 12 months for each of the beach names in order to determine which destinations were most popular with and sought after by travellers.

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