Walkers on the beach at Loch Morlich

Fancy a stroll along the beach? It’s not just about forests here y’know. Picture glorious sparkling waters, warm sand underfoot and a healthy dose of fresh air in your lungs – it’s the perfect summer day out.

Those sunny days aren’t quite done yet, so grab your bucket and spade and get yourself along to one of Scotland’s lovely beaches…pronto!

Be inspired by Scotland’s beautiful beach walks

We’ve chosen a few of our favourites to get you started…

Roseisle by the Moray Firth

History and nature walk hand in hand along the golden sands of the Moray Firth. There are three easy trails to choose from at Roseisle, each taking in the lovely coastal pine forest and passing the fascinating World War II coastal defences.

Loch Morlich Beach in Glenmore Forest Park

It’s a popular beach, and also one of the highest in Britain. Watch windsurfers bob across the water or sun worshippers top up their tans on the award-winning beach, as you take a stroll on the banks of Loch Morlich.

Take the accessible Beach Trail, for a relaxing ramble under charming old pines, or choose the more challenging Loch Morlich Trail that offers glimpses of local wildlife and stunning views of the Cairngorms. Conveniently, Glenmore Visitor Centre is just across the road from the beach, so pop in for a refreshment or spot of lunch.

Loch Morlich Beach

Ardentinny in Argyll Forest Park

Discover Cowal’s longest sandy beach in Argyll Forest Park. Walk the Laird’s Trail along the coast and enjoy the scenery, as well as some interesting history.

Boden Boo near Glasgow

You’ll find this riverside beach just outside Glasgow, and it’s the perfect place for a family picnic. Many people use Boden Boo to get fit, so join their ranks and go for a bracing walk along the beach.

Rowardennan in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Those banks of Loch Lomond aren’t called bonny for nothing. There’s a small beach where you can take in the incredible views of Ben Lomond, and afterwards take the lochside Ben Lomond Memorial Trail to an impressive viewpoint.

the beach at Tentsmuir

Tentsmuir near St Andrews

Walk along the shore at Tentsmuir and you might find you have company – sometimes you can spot the seals basking on the sand here! The Seashell Trail offers dramatic views of the North Sea and some interesting artefacts that hint at the area’s important past, as part of the country’s coastal defences.

King’s Cave on Arran

The trail at King’s Cave takes you on a journey around both countryside and coast on the island of Arran. The shingle beach is rich with wildlife – from seabirds overhead to the tiny living habitats of the rock pools.

There’s also some intriguing history here too. The famous tale of Robert the Bruce and the spider is said to have occurred in this very chamber.

With so many brilliant beach walks nestled in some of Scotland’s most inviting forests, there’s no better way to get close to nature and calm the mind.

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