Scotland Beaches & Coast

Scotland has 9,910km (6,160 miles) of mainland coastline. If you then add the many islands, this increases to 16,500km (10,250 miles).

The west coast in particular is irregular, with long headlands separated by sea lochs. The east coast is more regular, with a series of large inlets, or firths, and long sandy beaches. Many of the inlets house nature reserves.

Firths of Scotland include the Solway Firth, Firth of Clyde, and Firth of Lorne on the west coast, and the Cromarty Firth, Moray Firth, Firth of Tay, and Firth of Forth on the east coast. The Pentland Firth is not an inlet, but the strait that separates the Orkney Isles from the mainland.

Major sea lochs include Loch Fyne, Loch Long, Loch Ryan, Loch Linnhe, Loch Torridon, Loch Ewe, and on the Isle of Lewis, Loch Seaforth.

Interactive map of Scotland: explore and research Scotland coastline - looking at beaches, things to do, places to stay, eat and visit.

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Scotland Seaside Towns

We have listed in alphabetical order popular Scotland seaside towns:

Aberdeen, Isle of Barra, Isle of Mull, Isle of Vatersay, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Stromness



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