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Eight Sutherland beaches receive new 'excellence' award

By SPP Reporter

Brora is one of the beaches to receive the award.
Brora is one of the beaches to receive the award.

EIGHT out of 12 Highland beaches to receive the accolade of winning a Scotland’s Beach Award, are in Sutherland.

 Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has today (31 May) announced that the 12 beaches have been recognised for the high standard of facilities they provide to visitors - from keeping sand litter free to providing excellent information and clean facilities.

The Highland beaches have, for the first time ever, received the prestigious Scotland’s Beach Award - a newly launched accreditation for beach management in Scotland.

Celebrating some of the best managed beaches in the country, Scotland’s Beach Award has been introduced as a quality benchmark for the provision of facilities to visitors along Scotland’s coastline - from toilet provision to maintaining beautiful promenades and secluded bays.

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.

The award aims to encourage the enhancement of all Scottish beaches and to improve the economic and aesthetic value of the coastline for local communities and visitors alike.

The Sutherland beaches to be recognised are:

  • Achmelvich Bay
  • Brora Beach
  • Dornoch Beach
  • Durness, Sango Bay
  • Embo Beach
  • Golspie
  • Melvich
  • Strathy Bay

The other four Highland beaches are:

  • Nairn Central
  • Portmahomack
  • Shandwick Bay
  • Loch Morlich

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “This brand new award focuses on the local environmental quality of Scotland’s beaches - from litter free sand to the provision of information for visitors.

“Beaches are an important asset to communities and their economies. As a year round facility, it is vital that our coastlines are maintained to the highest standards and continue to attract visitors from near and far.

“It is greatly encouraging that so many beaches have received an award. Environmental quality needs priority attention and we will continue our work to support organisations efforts ensure that Scotland’s coastline offers a great day out.”

Scott Armstrong, Regional Director at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to see so many Highland beaches recognised by these awards, which reflect the high quality experience visitors can expect when taking a trip to the seaside - whether it be to soak up the summer sun or blow away the winter blues.

“Scotland's landscape and scenery plays an important role in tourism and remains the top attraction for domestic and international visitors alike, which is in no small part due to the thousands of miles of stunning coastline and its incredible array of beautiful beaches."

A map showing all the award-winning beaches with directions, facilities and pictures can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/beach

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