Morar Sands

Bonnie Prince Charlie is rumoured to have been quite taken with Morar Sands' rock-framed. platinum beaches leading to tranquil, turquoise waters. More recently. the area was used as a film location for both Highlander and Local Hero. The beach lies at the mouth of the Morar estuary. where the shonest river in Britain runs west. just a quarter-of—a-mile. from Loch Morar. Bathers should take care: the waters are deceptively cold and the Current is strong.

Don't miss (or do, probably): Locals believe Loch Morar has its very own Nessie.

I Near Mallaig. Signposted from A830. Nearest train: Mal/aig.


Yellowcraig is rumoured to be the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Its dune- bordered. golden sands are set in a secluded bay which looks Out onto the craggy Fidra island and its lighthouse. The beach is home to some legendary impromptu Summer parties. and the Sunrises are spectaCular.

I East Lothian, three miles west of North Benvick via A 198 to Dir/eton. Nearest train: North Berwick.

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I St Andrews Bay, File, 40 miles north of Edinburgh Via A915. Nearest train: Lei/chars.

White Strand of the Monks

The tiny island of Iona. which lies off the west coast of Scotland. is credited With introducing Christianity to Britain and mainland Europe. When St Columba landed On its pristine. silver beaChes in 563AD. the Irish monk constructed a cathedral and monastery. which are still the focus of many a pilgrimage. The most spectaCular beaches are found on the west of the island. where turquOise waters. sand dunes. rockpools and otters attract almost as many natural

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I Isle of Iona. Accessed by ferry from Oban to Fionnphort, Isle of Mull then on to Iona. Cars are not permitted on Iona. Nearest train: Oban.

Forvie Sands

You want sand? Just a stone‘s throw away from the town of Newburgh lies a stretch of sand three miles

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