Keep Scotland Beautiful annual beach awards recognise local attractions

Charity announces 2018 Beach Award winners

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced that eight beaches in East Lothian have received Scottish Beach Awards in 2018, recognising the high standards provided to users - from keeping sand litter free to providing excellent information and accessible amenities.

Signalling the start of the traditional Scottish bathing season on 1st June, the annual Scottish Beach Awards celebrate some of the best managed beaches in the country and act as a benchmark for local environmental quality on Scotland’s coastline.

Two new beaches join the award winners in 2018, bringing the impressive total to 61 in Scotland that will be flying the Scottish Beach Awards flag from the start of next month. The new additions are Prestwick in South Ayrshire, and Yellowcraig in East Lothian, which returns after a year of absence.

The East Lothian winning beaches include:

  • Belhaven Bay, Dunbar
  • Gullane Bents
  • Longniddry Gosford Bay
  • North Berwick West Beach

 A full regional list and breakdown of award winners can be found here.

John McMillan, East Lothian Council’s spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “Beaches and the varied coastline are major attractions to East Lothian. The recent spell of good weather has brought many visitors to the local beaches and the Beach Awards provide added assurance of a quality attraction.”

Many of the award winners are long standing beaches who have managed to maintain consistent quality of facilities over many years. This includes Gullane Bents in East Lothian and St Andrews West Sands in Fife which have both received the accolade for 26 years, and Aberdour Silver Sands also in Fife and Nairn Central in the Highlands that will be flying the flag for 25 consecutive years.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented: "Now in their 26th year, the Scottish Beach Awards help to set the standard for our stunning coastlines and inland shores - making sure that they provide visitors with litter free sand, excellent amenities and helpful information about water quality.

“Organisations from all across Scotland have been working hard to ensure that the beach continues to provide a great day out for all the family alongside benefitting people’s health, wellbeing and local economies.”

For a beach to be successful in achieving a Beach Award, it has to meet a significant, and varied, criteria, including the provision of information on water quality. The full criteria can be accessed here.

Focussing on local environmental quality, the award is designed to complement the work currently undertaken by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on bathing water quality.

A map showing all the award-winning beaches with directions, facilities and images can be found at

Published: Thursday, 31st May 2018