Berwick

Beaches in Scotland

Scotland might be famous for its lochs and monsters. But one glimpse at its beautiful rugged coastline will have you well and truly hooked.

Scotland has approximately 8,200 miles of coastline, which serves up plenty of perfect opportunities to camp by the beach. From long ribbons of golden sands and tiny hidden bays, to wild and woolly shingle affairs graced with frothy shores and knock-out views, Scotland's beaches certainly put the 'wow' factor in your camping holiday.

The Camping and Caravanning Club currently has 5 campsites within a short drive of the Scottish coastline.

Below is an introduction to our coastal campsites in Scotland featuring a large selection of the best local beaches, along with information about the area and what you can expect from a camping holiday by the Scottish coast.

Beaches near Rosemarkie Club Campsite
Rosemarkie

The village of Rosemarkie sits on a beautiful picturesque bay facing towards Fort George and out to the North Sea. It's widely regarded as having one of the finest coastlines on the Moray Firth - a long, sweeping sandy beach with rocky outcrops backed by beautiful landscapes, ranging from gently sloping farmland to steep craggy cliffs. This is one of the closest Club Campsites we have in relation to the coast – Rosemarkie beach (pictured) is within a minute’s walking distance from the Club Campsite.

At the southern end of Rosemarkie beach is a lighthouse at Chanonry Point, a great place to watch local wildlife and spot dolphins and seals in the bay.

Just a couple of minutes’ drive away is Fortrose, a dog-friendly, mixed sand and single beach with a picnic site, golf course and various local amenities. Just under a 20-minute drive north of Rosemarkie brings you to Cromarty, a port town on the southern shore of the mouth of Cromarty Firth. It's a hardworking seaport town with various shops, pubs and restaurants, and a long foreshore with a mix of sand, pebbles and rocky outcrops. It's a fantastic spot for long walks, savouring the scenery and spotting wildlife.

Beach Name
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Toilets Nearby
Car Park
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Full Listing
Rosemarkie Beach


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Fortrose Beach


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Cromarty Beach


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About Rosemarkie Club Campsite

RosemarkieSea views and salty air abound in this glorious corner of Scotland, nestled between the Moray Firth and the wild and wonderful Highlands.

Talk about a coastal camping holiday. Burrowed into a gorgeous crescent-shaped bay on Scotland's Black Isle, sandwiched between wooded hills and sparkling shores, our Rosemarkie Campsite comes with superb views over the Moray Firth to Fort George and out to sea.

Many pitches come with sea views as standard - just imagine waking up to a sight like that! Dolphins, porpoises and seals are often spotted here too, so keep your eyes peeled. The nearby lighthouse on Chanonry Point is the best place to see them. Rosemarkie itself is an attractive historic village on the seafront with a museum, pub, and a small beachside café.

Nearby Fortrose is a historic harbour village with several restaurants and tearooms. It has ancient cathedral ruins and the beach here is quiet and secluded.

Rosemarkie Campsite is well-equipped with showers, laundry and washing up facilities, toilets, and excellent local walks. Dogs are welcome too and there are plenty of local designated dog walks.

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Beaches near Dunbar Club Campsite
Berwick, Scotland

In Scotland's glorious county of East Lothian, which hugs the east coast just south of Edinburgh, you'll find a superb selection of beaches just waiting to be discovered.

There are 12 different bays within a half-hour drive of Dunbar campsite - each of which has its own character and, just like the Scottish weather, are constantly shifting and changing. The two closest beaches - Dunbar East and Belhaven Bay - feature a wonderful hotch-potch of sand, shingle, wispy dunes and grasslands, while Fisherrow West has its own harbour and a stretch of sandy beach fronting the town of Musselburgh.

Beaches further out from Dunbar include Seacliff, Thorntonloch and Broad Sands Bay at Yellowcraigs.

These beaches in East Lothian all have local parking, most of which is free with some pay-and-display car parks.

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Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Access
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club Site (minutes)
Full Listing
Dunbar - East

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Dunbar - Belhaven

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Seacliff


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About Dunbar Club Campsite

Dunbar

Talk about scenic! Our Dunbar Club Campsite occupies a beautiful spot with knock-out views along Scotland's sweeping sunshine coast, over the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock.

There are 90 pitches available, some of which are hardstanding, with modern amenities including washing machines, showers and Wi-Fi - although it's worth noting that the connection is a little variable given the site's remote location.

The site is 3 miles outside of the historic town of Dunbar, which has a number of shops, restaurants and of course, beaches - including the aforementioned Dunbar East and Belhaven Bay.

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Beaches near Culzean Castle Club Campsite
Culzean Castle, Scotland

Culzean Beach, part of Culzean Castle Country Park (pictured), is around a mile from the campsite and offers a lovely secluded setting with some quite spectacular scenery. The castle perches loftily on steep craggy cliffs, surrounded by lush green woodland and facing out over the bay below. The beach itself is a mix of sand and rocks, and the castle visitor centre has a shop, cafe, and toilets.

Culzean Country Park itself is a fantastic estate with a beautiful rugged coastline. At the southern end you'll find Maidens beach, based along the sweeping Maidenhead Bay near the pretty seaside village of Maidens. The beach itself is long and sandy with a grassy foreshore and magnificent scenery, including views of Ailsa Craig. On a clear day you can even spot the Mull of Kintyre. You'll find various facilities near the village including car parking, a children's play area and shops.

Further north along the coast is Croy, where you'll find a lovely stretch of sand speckled with rocky outcrops, from where you can enjoy distinctive views of Culzean Castle. A car park and toilets are available close to the beach.

Further north along the coast, around 6 miles from the campsite is Dunure Beach, a pretty shingle stretch of the Ayrshire coastline with a small harbour overlooked by the ruins of Dunure Castle. It's a great spot to catch a boat trip, go rockpooling with the kids, tuck into a picnic or simply soak up the soul-stirring scenery. Shops, toilets and restaurants can all be found in Dunure village.

Beach Name
Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Access
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club Site (minutes)
Full Listing
Culzean Beach


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Croy Beach


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Dunure Beach


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About Culzean Castle Campsite

Culzean CastleSurrounded by woods and farmland and within a pleasant stroll of the beach, Culzean Castle is a magical place for a camping holiday by the South Ayrshire coast.

Dramatic and foreboding, the 18th-century Culzean Castle is a breathtaking place perched high on the cliffs overlooking the Firth of Clyde. Pitch up in the castle grounds and wake up to Ayrshire's magnificent scenery, where countryside and coastline combine to offer fantastic walking, stunning beaches and historic sites aplenty.

Culzean Castle is a 90-pitch campsite with good facilities including showers, toilets, laundry facilities, washing up areas, and a children's play area.

A 10-minute drive away is Maybole, a pretty market town with shops and restaurants - ideal for dining out in the evening or for picking up a takeaway. Or, head further north to the bright lights of Ayr for a wider choice of shops, bars, restaurants and attractions.

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Beaches near Inverewe Gardens Club Campsite
Gairloch, Scotland

Head for the Highlands and soak up Scotland's greatest coastal secrets in all their wild, natural glory. From Inverewe Gardens, our most northerly Scottish campsite, you'll find a handful of stunning beaches within a short drive. 4 of them - Firemore at Poolewe, Gairloch Big Sand, Gairloch Redpoint North and Gruinard Beach - are within a 10-15 minute drive, while the fifth - Mellon Udrigle at Laide - is around 20-25 minutes. There are few facilities to speak of, which comes as little surprise given the area's glorious remote and unspoilt appeal - yet all of these beaches offer free local parking and are also open to four-legged friends.

Firemore beach is a beautiful unspoilt affair opposite Isle Ewe, close to the village of Poolewe - a picturesque area surrounded by craggy peaks and glorious hiking trails. Poolewe itself is a pretty village with a handful of amenities including a cafe and a small shop. Over in Gairloch (pictured) you'll be treated to the spectacular scenery of Wester Ross, not to mention the excellent sandy beaches at the appropriately-named Big Sand and Redpoint North. Big Sand offers wonderful views of Longa Island and the mountains of Skye and Torridon, and is backed by extensive sand dunes. Be sure to pay a visit to Redpoint at sunset, which offers knock-out views across the Minch and the Western Isles.

Gruinard Beach, 6 miles from Inverewe Gardens, is popular for its coastal walks and rugged unspoilt scenery, which is so characteristic of this magnificent area. The beach is accessible via steep steps that lead down from the road, with a flat sandy bay peppered with rocky outcrops - perfect for rockpooling.

Mellon Udrigle at Laide is the furthest distance from Inverewe Gardens campsite, just over 11 miles away, but it's well worth the extra distance. Mellon Udrigle itself is simply a small scattering of farmsteads and cottages, while the beach is a white-sand spectacle, backed by dunes and offering unparalleled views of the distant Highland mountains. Look northeast to the distinctive Suilven near Lochinver, southeast to An Teallach, and out across the local Gruinard Bay. It's quite something.

Beach Name
Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Access
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club Site (Minutes)
Full Listing
Firemore, Poolewe
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Gairloch
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Gairloch - Big Sand
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Gairloch - Redpoint North
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Gruinard Beach
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Mellon Udrigle, Laide
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About Inverewe Gardens Club Campsite

Inverewe

Inverewe Gardens is a pretty tree-lined site with 55 pitches and superb views over Loch Ewe. Nearby is the site's namesake, the National Trust's tropical Inverewe Gardens, which was sculpted out of bare rock and a few scrub willows back in 1862 by Osgood Mackenzie - and is now one of Scotland's most popular botanical attractions.

Based on the edge of the village of Poolewe, the site is well-equipped with shower and toilet facilities, picnic areas and plenty of local walks. The village is based a short walk away over the River Ewe, and has a shop, tearoom, and a weekly market.

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Beaches near Nairn Club Campsite
Nairn, Scotland

At the point where the Moray First opens out into the North Sea is Nairn, a historic harbour town and a great springboard from which to explore the Highlands. Nairn is home to two beautiful long sandy beaches - the main town beach is backed by low sand dunes and a promenade, while the eastern end stretches for a mile or so to the RSPB reserve at Culbin.

Nairn and its gorgeous beaches have been a popular haunt for visitors since Victorian times, and are now a great spot for families and wildlife enthusiasts. There are memorable views across the Moray Firth to the Black Isles and the coastline is home to a resident school of dolphins, with regular sightings from Nairn beach.

If you're here for a hike, there's a fantastic walk from Nairn to Whiteness Point. Depending on tidal conditions, you can walk along the coastline or follow inland paths, including part of the Delnies Circular Path. Eventually you'll reach Whiteness Point, which is a long sandspit jutting out into the bay. This is a great place to spot dolphins, seals and birdlife.

Beach Name
Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Access
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club Site (minutes)
Full Listing
Nairn - Central

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About Nairn Club Campsite

NairnOur Nairn Campsite is hidden away in a forest setting on the edge of the Scottish Highlands, within easy reach of beautiful bays and beaches.

Pitch up in a pine-scented forest on the fringes of the Scottish Highlands, which feels worlds away from the daily grind. Here, you can experience a camping holiday by the coast just a couple of miles from the harbour town of Nairn and its lovely Blue Flag beaches.

Seafront walks, riverside trails, shops and restaurants abound in this historic town, which is ideal for stocking up on picnic supplies or enjoying a night of classic Scottish fare.

Back at Nairn Campsite, you'll find a well-maintained site with laundry facilities, a recreation room, showers and toilets, a small shop and a children's play area. There are plenty of walking trails around the woods - perfect for dog walks - including a well-trodden path to the beach.

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